Biggen­den’s wish list

Un­ex­pected fund­ing to help stim­u­late North Bur­nett econ­omy

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree

BIGGEN­DEN has iden­ti­fied projects they would like to nom­i­nate un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s-Works for Queens­land pro­gram.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil will re­ceive $1.58 mil­lion through a $200 mil­lion jobs stim­u­lus pack­age an­nounced by the State Gov­ern­ment.

Each di­vi­sion has been al­lo­cated $160,000 to be spent on Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment owned fa­cil­i­ties or as­sets.

At a Biggen­den meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night, Coun­cil­lor Rob­bie Radel said there had been no favourites as each di­vi­sion would re­ceive the same amount.

Cr Radel said NBRC had its own projects in mind in­clud­ing chang­ing all its coun­cil build­ings to so­lar.

“Elec­tric­ity is one of the big­gest ticket items in coun­cil’s bud­get,” he said.

Top­ping the wish list is uni­form sig­nage high­light­ing busi­nesses for the town’s four en­trances and shade sails and more user friendly fa­cil­i­ties for young chil­dren at the swim­ming pool.

It was sug­gested the en­tire block in­clud­ing the pool, skate park, ex­er­cise equip­ment and Apex Park come un­der the swim­ming pool im­prove­ments pro­ject.

With mo­bile phone cov­er­age now in the Coal­stoun Lakes area, a pro­ject of touch screen to com­pli­ment oth­ers across the re­gion drew favourable com­ments.

Other wish list projects in­cluded shade sails over the Beiers Park play­ground, up­grad­ing the can­teen at sports re­serve and com­ple­tion of a gazebo in Edward St.

Cr Radel said if the meet­ing iden­ti­fied any other projects they could be costed and be ready to go if fur­ther if fund­ing was forth­com­ing.

“Suc­cess­ful projects need to be com­pleted by Novem­ber,” he said.

“By us­ing lo­cal tradies as well as pur­chas­ing ma­te­ri­als lo­cally it will stim­u­late the lo­cal econ­omy.”

One sug­ges­tion put for­ward to Cr Radel was to pow­der coat the Biggen­den Rose at a cost of $8000-$10,000 but it was agreed the rus­tic look was more ap­peal­ing.

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