The North Bur­nett gets $1M for drought

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - SAM TURNER

FUND­ING to the tune of $1 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated to the North Bur­nett to re­vi­talise our drought-stricken towns, and the coun­cil wants your say.

The Drought Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram en­deav­ours to sup­port lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture and com­mu­nity projects in af­fected re­gions across Aus­tralia.

In or­der to in­crease lo­cal spend and im­prove live­abil­ity, the coun­cil de­vised ‘Town Re­newal Projects’ for each shire, is­su­ing $120,000 each.

Look­ing to im­prove the look and feel of our CBDs, Mayor Rachel Cham­bers is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to at­tend work­shops to have their say on the fund­ing.

“Coun­cil is seek­ing com­mu­nity in­put for ideas to as­sist with pri­ori­tis­ing el­i­gi­ble projects to beau­tify our towns,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“So if you have any ideas as to how to hit the mark with the $120,000 avail­able for your town, please con­tact your lo­cal coun­cil­lor or at­tend a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion work­shop.”

The fund­ing doesn’t stop here, with coun­cil hir­ing a grass­roots men­tal health sup­port worker, a re­gional com­edy tour, and en­trance signs to all towns and vil­lages in the re­gion.

Lo­cal busi­nesses and con­trac­tors will be used through­out this process, in an ef­fort to stim­u­late the North Bur­nett’s econ­omy.

These projects need to be fi­nalised be­fore June 30, 2020.

Have Your Say – Drought Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram work­shops will be tak­ing place on the fol­low­ing dates:

Biggen­den: 7pm, Tues­day, 11 Fe­bru­ary at the Biggen­den Me­mo­rial Hall.

Eidsvold: 4pm, Wed­nes­day, 12 Fe­bru­ary at the Eidsvold Town Hall.

Mt Perry: 6.30pm, Wed­nes­day, 12 Fe­bru­ary at the Mt Perry Town Hall.

Monto: 7.30pm, Thurs­day, 13 Fe­bru­ary at the Monto Town Hall.

Gayn­dah: Projects will be se­lected from the suc­cess­ful Ru­ral Aid Makeover con­sul­ta­tion un­der­taken last week.

For fur­ther ideas con­tact Cr Zahl on 0458 625 005. If you can’t at­tend one of the work­shops, con­tact your lo­cal coun­cil­lor to dis­cuss your ideas.

Al­ter­na­tively, sub­mit your ideas on­line via www.north­bur­­com­mu­ni­ties-pro­gramme or email them to ad­min@north­bur­

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