Bur­dekin projects in pipe­line

Townsville Bulletin - - North Queensland: Looking Back, Looking Forward -

TOURISM, res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments and CBD up­grades will be among the 2007 high­lights in the Bur­dekin.

Bur­dekin Shire Coun­cil mayor Cr Lyn McLaugh­lin said coun­cil would also look at pro­mot­ing­tourism in the re­gion in the new year.

‘‘There is a real pos­i­tive feel in the com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

Coun­cil would look to fur­ther pro­mote the abun­dance of wa­ter in the Bur­dekin in an ef­fort to see the shire forge fur­ther ahead.

Cr McLaugh­lin said she was look­ing­for­ward to the com­ple­tion of stage two of the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the shire’s CBDs in­clud­ingthe con­struc­tion of a pi­azza at the Bur­dekin Theatre fore­court.

Home Hill is set to be­come a trav­ellers draw­card with a new in­for­ma­tion cen­tre to open in the re­fur­bished Home Hill rail­way sta­tion build­ing.

Cr McLaugh­lin said she would like to see more res­i­den­tial al­lot­ments de­vel­oped in zoned ar­eas in 2007.

‘‘There is also a need to de­velop more in­dus­trial land,’’ the mayor said.

The high­light of the Bur­dekin so­cial cal­en­der in the New Year will no doubt be the Bur­dekin bridge 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

It will be a huge week of 1950s-style cel­e­bra­tions, kick­ing of on June 10, with the main cer­e­mony ear­marked for June 16.

The of­fi­cial cer­e­mony will in­clude the namin­gof the bridge, un­veil­ing the plaque, reen­act­ingthe walk across the bridge on the open­ing day and re­mem­ber­ingth­ose who lost their lives in the bridge’s con­struc­tion.

Lyn McLaugh­lin

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