Kenny goes bronze

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL - An­nie Perets

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.

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

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.

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