Credit where credit is due
THE NORTH Burnett Regional Council should be commended for its swift response to community complaints about the deteriorating condition of the cemeteries at Monto.
The Central & North Burnett Times last week published online the accounts of Monto residents who were understandably emotional at the overgrown cemeteries they believed had been forgotten by their council custodians.
They felt their ancestors had been disrespected.
Some concerned residents were so fed up they had taken to doing the work themselves.
When approached for comment, neither Mayor Rachel Chambers nor Monto district councillor Paul Lobegeier shirked accountability.
They took full responsibility, offered no excuses, and promised to resolve the issue.
“We as a council have investigated the issues which led to the sub standard conditions of our cemeteries and we hope in the future to provide cemeteries of a standard that the community rightfully expect,” Cr Chambers said.
Inspection of the Monto cemeteries this week revealed significant improvements had been made, much to the delight of local residents.
It is important to give credit where credit is due and the council must be recognised for following through on their commitment so quickly.