Use people power
MAYOR Don Waugh has called on community groups and residents to help maintain Gayndah’s recently restored river walk.
“In Mundubbera the local people are involved (in town maintenance),” Cr Waugh said.
“One of the big things is that untidy allotments stand out so much more against one that is tidy.
“How to maintain (the river walk) into the future may be for people to take charge of it and look after it.
“It could be beyond council.”
Restoration work on the 1.5km path along the Burnett River from the swimming pool to the caravan park was completed by Conservation Volunteers Australia last month.
Construction followed a project funded through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements to stabilise the river bank after massive erosion caused by the 2013 flood.
Gayndah Rotary helped maintain the path before 2013, but spokesman Lex Webster said it was now “sitting back”.
“We had a vision to continue the (earlier) work that the Green Army did, but things went pear-shaped after the (2013) flood,” Mr Webster said.
“For money and time, it has to be low maintenance.”
Mr Webster suggested a concrete walkway surrounded by thick grass could be easily maintained by the council’s parks and gardens staff.
This suggestion was echoed by Michael Higginson, who plans to landscape his riverfront property adjacent to the river walk.
“Two days after the Green Army finished (in March), the river walk was under water,” Mr Higginson said.
“Unless it’s made semi-permanent (with concrete), it’s a waste of public money.
“Speaking as a former tourism operator, when people cross the bridge (the river bank) is very unsightly.
“If it was nice, people would stop and go for a walk.”
Mr Higginson said enticing visitors would remain difficult as public access to the river walk near the Les Baker Bridge was limited.
...when people cross the bridge (the river bank) is very unsightly.