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.