A sadly for­got­ten as­set

Coun­cil­lors are wor­ried about Mingo Cross­ing’s fu­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE­fu­ture of Mingo Cross­ing as a recre­ation area is murky.

De­spite be­ing el­i­gi­ble for flood re­cov­ery fund­ing, the pop­u­lar recre­ation area has missed out.

Coun­cil­lors are ask­ing ques­tions about the park’s fu­ture.

Coun­cil­lor John Bowen said it had been sorely missed af­ter be­ing wiped out in the Aus­tralia Day floods.

“It’s a great as­set to our re­gion,” Cr Bowen said.

“It was just get­ting up and run­ning re­ally well be­fore the flood.

“We have had over 200 pe- ople camp­ing there.”

Coun­cil­lor Paul Lobe­gier said Mingo Cross­ing was a tourist drawcard.

“I was sur­prised I even had peo­ple from Western Aus­tralia telling me they had been there be­fore,” he said.

“They had seen the pic­ture of the lone toi­let sit­ting on a ce­ment slab. The loo with a view we called it.

“It is im­por­tant as a bur­geon­ing tourist spot for us.”

QRA board mem­bers met with North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil last Mon­day to dis­cuss the re­gion’s flood re­con­struc­tion progress.

QRA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Graeme New­ton said fa­cil­i­ties such as Mingo Cross­ing were im­por­tant for get­ting a com­mu­nity back on its feet.

“And the quicker we get that in­for­ma­tion, the quicker we can look into what we can do,” he said.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

DE­STROYED: Corey Goldie sur­veys the dam­age at Mingo Cross­ing.

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