Mayor is not cracking up over Murgon footpath
THE South Burnett mayor assured Murgon residents there have been detailed discussions about the opportunity to find funding for the town's footpath project.
This comes after Murgon business owners voiced their concerns about the potential dangers of the Lamb St footpath.
Owner of Mark Smith Menswear and member of Murgon Business & Development Association, Mark Smith said the repairs were long overdue.
"This is something that should've been attended to way earlier than this,” he said.
"We have had several long term residents fall as a result of the footpath.”
Mr Smith said the footpath had been deteriorating for many years and he was concerned for residents' safety.
"It's not about beautification, it's about people's safety,” he said.
South Burnett mayor, Keith Campbell said he was confident there would be the available funding for the footpath in next year's budget.
"We are planning to have provision for it in the 2019/2020 budget,” he said.
He said the design and construction of the footpath would be in collaboration with Murgon residents and businesses.
"This is not a decision that will be made entirely by South Burnett Regional Council,” Cr Campbell said.
"While council will provide the funding, we will converse with the community for their ideas and their concepts.
"There is the possibility of having indigenous art in the footpath.”
Cr Campbell said he had been in preliminary discussions with Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O'Brien.
"I have alerted him to the fact that this is coming up and we are seeking his support,” he said.
Cr Campbell said it wasn't just a case of fixing the footpath's surface.
"Council would be reluctant to just fix the footpath without the infrastructure that sits below the footpath,” he said.
The South Burnett mayor said the proposal for the footpath was currently being worked on by council engineers and said it would cost in the vicinity of $1 million.
"I can't see it being less than that,” he said.
Once works did eventually start on the footpath the next challenge would be making sure it didn't affect business trade.
"It all depends on the time of day when works will be done,” Mr Smith said.
Cr Campbell agreed.
"There will be a level of business interruption,” he said.
"It's all good and well to fix the footpath but it is important to do it with as little disruption to businesses as possible.”
The long time Murgon business owner, Mr Smith said it was imperative the Murgon footpath project was a collaborative effort between business owners, residents and council.
"There has got to be consultation with council,” he said.