Use peo­ple power

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME - Shirley Way

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.

Michael Hig­gin­son

...when peo­ple cross the bridge (the river bank) is very un­sightly.

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