REVITALISATION: South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell said plans are afoot for a beautification project in Kingaroy.
REVITALISATION: South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell said plans are afoot for a beautification project in Kingaroy. Michael Nolan

Council's bid to get CBD upgrade off the ground

KINGAROY is one step closer to starting its CBD revitalisation project.

South Burnett Regional Council agreed to apply for an $8 million building better region's fund application in a special meeting on Wednesday November 7.

The council will apply for round three of the federal government grant, where up to $45 million of the funding is set aside to support tourism related infrastructure projects, such as the Kingaroy streetscape project.

Mayor Keith Campbell said he fully supported the initiative which would allow the council to make the most of funds.

"This is what is going to achieve the best result for the ratepayers' dollars," he said.

If successful with the grant, the council will match the funding, with its contribution to the project totalling $4 million.

Councillor Terry Fleischfresser said the fund would allow the council to add the grant to funds already budgeted for the project.

"Council will have to be ready when funding becomes available," he said.

The council is seeking to fund the first stages of the streetscape revitalisation project, including trees planted throughout the CBD, and work on Haly St, Kingaroy St, Alford St and Glendon St.

If successful with the grant, revitalisation work will be done on:

  • Haly St between Kingaroy St and Youngman St
  • Kingaroy St, including the Kingaroy St and Alford St intersection
  • Alford St west between Kingaroy St and Youngman St
  • Caravan parking on Glendon St
  • Hector Munro carpark

Councillor Kathy Duff said she had suggested they put the Murgon footpath project forward for the grant. 

"I've spoken to Llew O'Brien and he said it would be a good one to put forward," she said. 

Since the Murgon Business Association were keen to put forward some Indigenous art as part of the footpath, it was a good fit with the grant's focus on tourism. 

"I wanted to put that project up for Murgon because it definitely needed doing and it could be a second project," she said.

Cr Campbell said the council was advised putting forward two projects for the building better regions fund would be less likely to be successful than only one in the application.

"My general view is by having one project and council providing a high level of support for that one project is a better chance of success," Cr Campbell said.

The council decided to make the Murgon projects a key part of budget discussions moving forward.

CEO Mark Pitt said the works in Murgon would be discussed in the council's general meeting on November 21.

"Murgon is a worthy project," he said.

The Murgon project is well advanced in planning and appropriate consultations, and is yet to have funding.

"It is a long standing wish, in order to have a footpath corrected," Cr Campbell said.

Applications for round three of the Building Better Regions Fund close on November 15.

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