Two new projects in talks
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.