Kenny goes bronze
Jan Hutson The new bronze status will have added interest, as people will be able to get up close with it.
A POPULAR Monto location has received a cash injection from the North Burnett Regional Council.
Lions Park will undergo what the council calls a “serious upgrade.”
Refurbished toilets, additional playground equipment, a new Kenny Russell statue, and a revamped garden are on the cards to make visitors feel more welcome at the location.
Russell was a Monto-born jockey who was killed at a Rosehill fall in 1993.
Monto driver reviver secretary Jan Hutson said about 80 people stopped at the station every year to get refreshed for their trip.
“(Kenny) Russell is a massive attraction: people stop and take photos,” she said.
“When you’re in a new town and there’s a statue, you go and see what it’s about.
“The new bronze statue will have added interest.”
North Burnett councillor Paul Lobegeier said the Lions Park was Monto’s most visited area.
“Travellers judge a town by its public facilities, mainly toilets and playgrounds,” he said.
“Improving those will make Monto more of a friendly town.”
Another influencing factor to initiating the change is the area will host the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup when it comes to town on July 31.
Members of the Monto Football Club will have a working bee day at the park in July.
The council hopes to engage the community in the transformation through the Friends of the Garden program.
The group gathers at the park at 5.30am today to begin planning.
FIBREGLASS KENNY: Russell Larsen, Jan and Ken Hutson can't wait to see the positive impact of revamping Lions Park will have on tourism in Monto. One of the changes will be switching the fibreglass Kenny Russell to a bronze version.