Two new projects in talks

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett ap­pears to have missed out on the lion’s share of projects up for con­sid­er­a­tion in part B of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment State In­fra­struc­ture Plan.

Part B fo­cuses pri­mar­ily on ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects un­der way through­out Queens­land, such as the on­go­ing up­grades to parts of the Bruce High­way.

How­ever, it also de­votes a sec­tion to projects raised through con­sul­ta­tion, a list of pre­dom­i­nately com­mu­nity-driven ini­tia­tives which the State Gov­ern­ment may or may not choose to de­velop in fu­ture in­fra­struc­ture plans.

Of the 15 listed Wide Bay projects, the only two that stand to af­fect the North Bur­nett are the Boyne River Mundubbera Bridge bet­ter­ment project and the Monto Bio­hub project.

The Boyne River Mundubbera Bridge bet­ter­ment project is listed as hav­ing its busi­ness case fin­ished back in 2012, with the in­vest­ment de­ci­sion cur­rently sub­ject to con­sid­er­a­tion based on value-for-money, com­pet­ing state pri­or­i­ties and avail­able fund­ing.

Mean­while, the Monto Bio­hub is a more re­cent en­deav­our, cur­rently un­der eval­u­a­tion for suitabil­ity by North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

This project, raised by for­mer North Bur­nett coun­cil­lor Dolores Fowler in 2001, is in­tended to con­vert waste and run-off from pig­geries into or­ganic fer­tilis­ers and elec­tri­cal en­ergy.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt said the coun­cil had been work­ing with the Depart­ment of In­fra­struc­ture and Plan­ning on it, but it was early days.

“There’s a des­per­ate need for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment through our re­gion, and we’re con­tin­u­ing to lobby State and Fed­eral for that in­vest­ment, and at this point in time we’re not see­ing it re­flected in any of th­ese plans,” Mr Pitt said.

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