LO­CAL REPS RE­FLECT ON 2014

Mil­le­nium Park up­grade to be­gin as Ric­cia­rdi looks back at big year

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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:

Streetscape:

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.

Woodgate work:

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

other highs.

Low points

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

RIGHT: Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil's coun­cil­lor Tony Ric­cia­rdi at Woodgate where he dis­cussed 2015.

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