LOCAL REPS REFLECT ON 2014
Millenium Park upgrade to begin as Ricciardi looks back at big year
THE ongoing development of the Childers’ physical appearance dominated Bundaberg Regional Council Division 2 councillor Tony Ricciardi’s review of 2014.
The initial stages of the beautification of the streetscape, the construction of the carpark on Crescent St and the investment of almost $7 million worth of National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements funding all benefited Childers.
Investment will continue in 2015 with the next stage of the streetscape work as well as the upgrade of Millenium Park.
Best of 2014:
The completion of the first stage and the commitment of funds for the next stage rated as top moments in 2014.
The project seeks to entice tourists to stop in the area.
Crescent St car park:
Car parks aren’t always the most exciting things in the world but there is no doubting the positive effect the completion of the Crescent St facility has had.
The extra spots not only serve to create a central meeting point for travellers but it also allows extra access to Churchill St businesses at peak periods, like Christmas.
Cr Ricciardi combined both the Men’s Shed, Theodolite Ck upgrade and the help BRC gave Woodgate RSL Sub Branch to help develop the war memorial.
“We’ve also contributed to parking at the community hall and have another 16 car park spaces at the Woodgate Club,” Cr Ricciardi said.
Cr Ricciardi also rated the Paragon reopening, Childers library renovation, international investment in Coles Engineering and the inclusion of several Isis regions in the NBN rollout as
Cr Ricciardi struggled to find low points, but singled out roads, paperwork and the continuing hangover that is amalgamation.
“Just hoping all work done on roads will go the distance, and how long it took to get all the paperwork done to get all of that sorted out,” Cr Ricciardi said.
“Amalgamation is still hard. Trying to maintain or increase funding for different projects while keeping rates steady is difficult.
“The State Government has been very helpful with community groups.”
Find out more about BRC’s plan for Millennium Park in the next Town & Country.
RIGHT: Bundaberg Regional Council's councillor Tony Ricciardi at Woodgate where he discussed 2015.