Mount Louisa project is off and run­ning

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TOWNSVILLE CITY Coun­cil is on a win­ner with its pro­posal to turn Mount Louisa into a recre­ational precinct.

A post on the Townsville Bul­letin’s Face­book page on the week­end, pro­mot­ing a story on the pro­posal, at­tracted a huge re­ac­tion with the large ma­jor­ity of com­ments fully sup­port­ive of the idea.

The gen­eral con­sen­sus of opin­ion was that it was a great idea that re­spon­dents would love to use.

The plan would see tracks built on the hill which would cater for walk­ers and cy­clists.

Off- leash ar­eas for dogs would also be in­cor­po­rated in the project.

The pro­posal would open up an­other, free ex­er­cise op­tion for Townsville res­i­dents who live away from the vicin­ity of Cas­tle Hill, which is a hotspot for many of the city’s ac­tive pop­u­la­tion.

It would also take some of the pres­sure off Cas­tle Hill, which Mayor Jenny Hill says is be­ing loved to death.

Coun­cil will seek com­mu­nity in­put on the pro­posal be­fore, hope­fully, push­ing ahead.

There is not doubt the plan will be met with unan­i­mous ap­proval in the com­mu­nity. The only stum­bling block to get­ting the project un­der way will be sat­is­fy­ing the re­quests of the var­ied users.

Coun­cil should be mind­ful of push­ing for­ward with the project and avoid get­ting bogged down with the com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process.

While this is a process that has to be un­der­taken, the time frames need to be brief, es­pe­cially for a project which has such wide­spread sup­port.

Let’s hope in one to two years time Mount Louisa’s recre­ational precinct is up and run­ning and not stalled by the bu­reau­cratic process.

Win­ton sets ex­am­ple to all

WIN­TON’S com­mu­nity spirit has to be ad­mired.

While many out­back towns con­tinue to strug­gle for sur­vival, Win­ton has gone on the front foot to en­sure it has a fu­ture.

A fo­cus on at­tract­ing tourists for sev­eral unique events it hosts and the con­tin­u­ing growth of the nearby Age of Di­nosaurs mu­seum means the small com­mu­nity is tak­ing its fu­ture in its own hands.

More ben­e­fits will flow next year when the new Waltz­ing Matilda cen­tre opens.

Win­ton’s can- do at­ti­tude serves as a tem­plate for other strug­gling com­mu­ni­ties look­ing to rein­vent them­selves in the wake of down­turns in in­dus­tries they have tra­di­tion­ally re­lied on.

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