Focus shifting for Monto CBD
Plants not off table as footpath becomes top priority
THE Monto Main Street Revitalisation project to beautify the town’s main street will now be primarily focused on the footpaths.
When first proposed, the goal was to repair and reseal the footpaths, reseal the road, establish more suitable grates along the curb and adjust street parking.
Now, the $360,000 in funding from the State Government Works for Queensland program will go primarily toward the footpaths.
Monto councillor Paul Lobegeier said the initial plan was to focus on the road, but changed course after consultation with the community.
“No idea was considered too outrageous, we simply collated all the information and where there was a theme, that’s what we looked for getting costs,” Cr Lobegeier said.
“We’re probably going to end up with some sort of stencilling of the footpath, the colour is still being decided.”
A common request was to find a way to implement more greenery.
Cr Lobegeier said this could be difficult due to the nature of the street plan.
“The main firefighting main runs down the middle of the street and fire hydrant mains and tree roots don’t mix,” Cr Lobegeier said.
“It’s not impossible but very expensive, because you can run into trouble with roots getting into the pipes and crushing them.”
Any plan to add vegetation to the street would most likely involve pot plants.
The council has already had an expression of interest from works providers, though quotes for jobs have not been determined.
The work is expected to commence in August and will take approximately three months to complete.
A council spokesperson said people may experience disruption but it would be minimised.
“We trust that community members will find the completed project has improved safety and accessibility for pedestrians and be aesthetically pleasing,” the spokesperson said.