MAYOR’S DESK

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - – Mayor Don Waugh

I AT­TENDED an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­hi­bi­tion last week at Mt Perry Art Gallery with a show­ing by Gary Wood­field. It was not only the pres­ence of the paint­ing, but the sub­ject mat­ter and the story be­hind each piece. As well, Gary does not use a brush, but a bit of bark, a cloth or a stick and yet the pic­ture you see is mag­nif­i­cent. He will hold a school in Mt Perry later in the year and I am sure will ex­hibit in other gal­leries across the North Bur­nett. The Re­gional Budget has been brought down with a 3% in­crease in gen­eral rates and slightly higher in util­i­ties, such as wa­ter, sewage and cleans­ing to cover those op­er­a­tional costs. By keep­ing the rise to cost of liv­ing in­crease, coun­cil has tried to keep abreast of main­te­nance and in­fra­struc­ture costs and al­low room to utilise any additional funds that be­come avail­able from other lev­els of govern­ment. Coun­cil has at­tempted to look at prob­lem ar­eas on a re­gional ba­sis and pro­vide fund­ing on a needs ba­sis across the area. The Gayn­dah Wa­ter Project will be of­fi­cially opened on Au­gust 21, as will the Gayn­dah-Mun­dub­bera Rd. The Mun­dub­bera Wa­ter Sup­ply and Humphrey-Bin­jour Rd will be later. Most of the flood re­con­struc­tion work will be fin­ished by the end of this month with still a few to fi­nalise. The Waratah Bridge and Dahtler’s Bridge at Mun­gungo are open and the new road and cross­ing at Cat­tle Creek is fin­ished.

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