Biggenden’s wish list
Unexpected funding to help stimulate North Burnett economy
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.