WORK BEGINS: Evelyn Green believes business in the main street will improve due to drainage upgrades.
WORK BEGINS: Evelyn Green believes business in the main street will improve due to drainage upgrades. Contributed

Work begins on main street drainage upgrades in Blackbutt

UNLIKE many in the South Burnett, Evelyn Green doesn't see rain as a reason to jump for joy.

As the owner of the Bunya Nut Café in the main street of Blackbutt, her business is heavily impacted by the substandard drainage in the town.

Long an annoyance of residents and business owners, she said heavy rain could quickly overwhelm the main street.

"When it rains, with the amount of water that comes down the hill, you can't even stop in front of my shop," she said.

"You may as well shut the door of the shop. No one comes in."

With the council getting started on a $3 million upgrade to drainage in the street, she is thankful the problem might finally be corrected.

"It's a short delay for a long-term result so you have to put up with it," she said.

Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said the $3 million pricetag for the work was a big one, but it needed to be done.

"I remember being there when there was a storm and you couldn't get onto a footpath because of the lack of drainage. It's well overdue," Cr Kratzmann said.

Work will begin next week at the northern end of Coulson St before moving to other parts of the street.

Cr Kratzmann anticipated work could be completed in March 2016.

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