TIMED PRICE: Monto’s washbay charged $2 for a minute.
TIMED PRICE: Monto’s washbay charged $2 for a minute. Anastassia Perets

Does Monto have Queensland's most expensive washbay?

MONTO man Bill Kelly travels far and wide across Queensland and is yet to find a washbay that costs more than the one in his home town.

"To put in prospective, the washbay in Brisbane is free, in Biloela you pay $2 for 20 minutes, and in Monto it is $1 for 2 minutes," he said.

"I don't mind paying, but as long as it is a reasonable price.

"It's an essential facility."

It takes about 45 minutes to an hour for Mr Kelly to wash one of his trucks.

"The expense comes to about $265 a month," he said.

It is not just the price to use the washbays that is playing on Mr Kelly's mind.

"The maintenance of the whole complex needs work," he said.

"The grass is so tall, it has not been mowed in about three months.

"It makes it very difficult to reach the toilet block."

North Burnett councillor Paul Lobegeier said the Monto washbay charged the same as tap water in the district.

"It is potable water at the Monto washbays, whereas in Biloela, it is reused water," he said.

"We charge it at a commercial rate as what the town people pay through their tap, because otherwise we would be expecting our pensioners to subside it.

"This water is used because it is the only source available.

"Some supermarkets actually choose to use our washbay because it is the only one that uses human-safe water in the region."

In regards to the maintenance concern, Cr Lobegeier said he would bring it up with his fellow councillors.


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