Council seeks fresh ideas from local businesses for Monto CBD beautification
NORTH Burnett Regional Council this week started preparation for the project to beautify the Monto central business district.
Councillor Paul Lobegeier, Deputy CEO David Wiskar and Jamie Simmons took to the streets to survey local businesses on what they wanted to see from the project.
Key features of the project are repairing and resealing the footpath, shifting street furniture and greenery to make it more practical and readjusting street parking to make it easier for people to cross the road.
The council staff members said they were looking at the Mundubbera main street for inspiration, to try and give Monto a “village feel”. The project has been allocated $360,000.
“We don’t want to put the money in directions the community doesn’t want, so we’ve got some ideas and we’re going to see what the shopkeepers want,” Cr Lobegeier said.
“They’re indicating they’d like to see some greenery and it’s been a long-held wish of mine to have trees in the main street.”
Part of the challenge will be melding beautification ideas with the street layout. For example, planters will need to be positioned so they don’t block parking spaces. With a deadline of November, work teams are carrying out scoping exercises.
We don’t want to put the money in directions the community doesn’t want.... — Cr Lobegeier
VILLAGE CHARM: Council has been allocated $360,000 to beautify Monto’s main street. PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE