Coun­try’s fu­ture is bright

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

THE crowds that at­tended the Gayn­dah Races, Gooroolba re­union, Dal­larnil sports, the rodeo, the youth ac­tiv­i­ties at Lions Park and the day of football in­di­cated clearly that there is a great fu­ture for coun­try Queens­land.

To cul­mi­nate in a res­i­dent of the re­gion be­ing hon­oured with an Or­der of Aus­tralia medal is sig­nif­i­cant.

Con­grat­u­la­tions and best wishes to Mrs Elvie Slack.

Af­ter such a won­der­ful week­end of the Or­ange Fes­ti­val, it is time to look at how we can gen­er­ate

It is time to look at how we can gen­er­ate ac­tiv­ity from it to de­velop and pro­mote the re­gion for busi­ness and in­dus­try.

ac­tiv­ity from it to de­velop and pro­mote the re­gion for busi­ness and in­dus­try.

TheWide Bay Bur­nett Group of Coun­cils is press­ing for­ward with the pro­posal to pur­sue a heavy duty rail link, or at the least a heavy duty truck ac­cess along the ex­ist­ing rail cor­ri­dor, from theWestern and South­ern Downs to the port at Bund­aberg.

The referendum com­ing up with the Fed­eral Elec­tion is one of great im­por­tance in main­tain­ing the di­rect line of fund­ing from the Fed­eral Govern­ment to lo­cal govern­ment.

Be­cause of the chal­lenge of its va­lid­ity last year, this con­sti­tu­tional recog­ni­tion will al­low it to hap­pen as of right.

You may have no­ticed signs on many ru­ral roads that say “Roads to Re­cov­ery Fund­ing”.

This is money pro­vided to coun­cils di­rectly from the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

With a yes vote at the referendum, this fund­ing will be al­lowed to con­tinue, and while we work so well with the State Govern­ment, it speeds things up by go­ing di­rect and al­lows di­rect ac­cess to all forms of fund­ing.

While many ar­gu­ments are put for­ward, the fact re­mains that rates alone can­not sus­tain road main­te­nance and in­fra­struc­ture ac­tiv­ity, so it is in our in­ter­est to sup­port this referendum.

On be­half of coun­cil­lors and staff, I con­grat­u­late the pres­i­dent and com­mit­tee of the Or­ange Fes­ti­val on the pro­mo­tion of the re­gion and men­tion also how good it was to have ShaneWe­bcke at­tend.

IM­PRESSED: North Bur­nett Mayor Don Waugh.

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