Grant to help make Monto more beau­ti­ful

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MONTO will ben­e­fit from a Queens­land Gas Com­pany beau­ti­fi­ca­tion grant.

The town’s rail bridge is in the process of be­ing dec­o­rated with a va­ri­ety of drought-and frost-tol­er­ant plants, all pur­chased or do­nated locally.

The plants in­clude aga­pan­thus, gre­vil­leas, card­board cy­cad and vari­gated liri­ope.

The work is be­ing done by Monto State High School students, coun­cil staff and other res­i­dents with a pas­sion for the town.

Year 10 stu­dent Dar­ren Goody said he had no prob­lem with do­ing some hard work for his community.

“I am en­joy­ing to­day’s work. We al­ready have a gar­den at school and are learn­ing about hy­dro­pon­ics,” he said.

“I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing these plants grow over the years.”

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Paul Lobegeier said he was grate­ful to QGC for the grant, the Monto Fo­cus Group and var­i­ous coun­cil staff.

“It was a re­lief when the high school students ar­rived to lend a hand, and I hope they look back with pride at their con­tri­bu­tion to the town,” Cr Lobegeier said. “We have a re­ally good work­ing bee try­ing to cre­ate a sense of pride in our community.”

The next stage of the project is the sewage treat­ment plant.

■ What do you think of Monto’s beau­ti­fi­ca­tion? Send a let­ter to ed­i­to­rial@south­bur­nett­

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

GREEN­THUMBS: Monto State High SchoolYear 10 students An­gus Wil­liams and Dar­renGoody pre­pare to plant around the rail bridge.

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