Coun­cil seeks fresh ideas from lo­cal busi­nesses for Monto CBD beau­ti­fi­ca­tion

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

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

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