River­walk put in fo­cus

Group brain­storms ideas to reap ben­e­fits from Gayn­dah track

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

WALKING the Gayn­dah river track gave the com­mu­nity a chance to have in­put into its fi­nal de­sign.

Ro­tar­ian Lex Web­ster and North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt led a group along the walk from the Gayn­dah Mu­seum to the Golden Or­ange Ho­tel Mo­tel on Mon­day.

Lo­cals and busi­ness own­ers were joined by North Bur­nett coun­cil­lors and Bund­aberg North Bur­nett-Tourism gen­eral man­ager Rick Matkowski.

Mr Matkowski said the river walk would be an as­set to the town that would en­cour­age vis­i­tors to stay longer.

He said with Gayn­dah’s cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal as­sets, the river walk could “link it all to­gether”.

“The river it­self is a much un­der­utilised re­source,” Mr Matkowski said.

The guided tour also prompted plenty of brain­storm­ing about how it would best ben­e­fit the town.

“Rather than the river walk be­ing in iso­la­tion, we need to drag peo­ple back up onto the main street so there’s a flow- on ef­fect for lo­cal busi­nesses,” Mr Pitt said.

The con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of the track was boosted with a grant re­ceived by Gayn­dah Ro­tary.

A work­ing bee will be held on Satur­day morn­ing at Maltby Pl for those will­ing to lend a hand.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

BRAINS TRUST: Res­i­dents put their heads to­gether to help make the river walk a boon for Gayn­dah.

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