Credit where credit is due

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­han@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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