Cr John Bowen's golden year
AS Division 5 Councillor John Bowen prepares to spend Christmas with his seven grandchildren - all aged under seven - who will be visiting from Maryborough and Toowoomba, he said the highlight of 2018 was Mt Perry's charity fundraiser with the visiting Melbourne Cup.
Cr Bowen said the Friday night charity ball had been "just fantastic” and the $47,000 that was raised was being used locally for suicide prevention.
The Melbourne Cup was in town in September as the gold that was used in this year's cup had come from Mt Rawdon Gold Mine, near Mt Perry - and it is believed to be the first time in the Cup's 157-year history that precious metal from Queensland has been used.
Cr Bowen said another notable achievement from the past year was the completion about two months ago of the Deep Creek Bridge which used bitumen from Gayndah and Mundubbera.
He said that currently, work was being carried out on the $2.5 million upgrade of the Mingo Crossing Caravan and Recreation Park.
"There'll be another amenities block, a new camp kitchen, 12 more permanent sites, and six glamping sites.”
The campsite, which currently accommodated about 200-300 people, would be able to fill between 500 and 600, providing a boost for tourism and the local economy.
"It's busiest at Easter, long weekends and Christmas when it's just packed,” Cr Bowen said.
He said that as a councillor for his region, he loved being able to make people happy.
"We've got a great community and they're all lovely people and whether it's bitumening a road, or fixing a pothole, my ambition when I went in to council was to try and make everybody happy.”