Fo­cus shift­ing for Monto CBD

Plants not off ta­ble as foot­path be­comes top pri­or­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie

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.

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