FINALLY: Mt Perry drought projects confirmed
AFTER extensive community consultation, Mt Perry’s drought renewal projects have finally been decided.
North Burnett Regional Council has endorsed two projects that will share in the $1,000,000 allocated to the region by the Federal Government.
It has been confirmed the Mt Perry Community Hall will receive airconditioning and solar panels.
Should there be surplus in funds following this, additional playground equipment and shade for Maynard Park will be installed.
Councillor for division 5 Michael Dingle endorsed the projects at council’s general meeting on May 27.
“It’s clear that the extensive survey and consultations have confirmed the views of the community,” Cr Dingle said.
Council undertook further research into potential projects as it was determined the town’s priorities weren’t clear after community consultations in February.
Phone surveys, face-to-face consultations, and previous consultations took place after council announced investigations were necessary after their general meeting in April.
Several Mt Perry residents expressed their disappointment towards the hall receiving the full drought funding grant after council’s previous announcement, claiming the hall was “council-owned property”, and shouldn’t be considered.
The first consultation for the drought renewal funding took place in the very same hall being upgraded on February 12.
Water parks, racecourse toilets, and playgrounds were submitted during the evening, with passionate residents voicing their concerns for the town.
A preliminary vote was taken that evening, with the hall upgrades winning substantially.
The due date for all drought renewal projects in the North Burnett has been extended from June 30, to March 31, 2021.
Coronavirus implications have been cited as the cause.