Mt Perry water park denied at community meeting
WATER parks, racecourse toilets, and playgrounds were on the agenda at Mt Perry's community consultation meeting.
Concerned residents attended the Mt Perry Community Hall on February 12 to discuss the council's drought relief fund allocation.
North Burnett Regional Council have distributed $120,000 to each town in the region to renovate, beautify and promote their towns.
Cr John Bowen opened proceedings, admitting it was funny to be having a drought meeting during the recent run of wet weather.
"August last year, the North Burnett Regional Council was declared drought declared, along with other regional councils all over Australia," Cr Bowen said.
"The federal government gave those councils $1 million, and the North Burnett received that as well."
In attendance were Jeff Miles and Ryan Nielson from the council, to offer their assistance in determining what the community would like to see improved.
Whatever suggestion, under or over budget, was recorded by the council.
This was then assessed on the evening, and was either suitable for the $120,000 grant, or added to a wish list.
A representative from the Mt Perry Men's Shed suggested refurbishing Mt Perry's SW-5 Class Tram, and display it as a tourist attraction.
"We're trying to do out the tram as a tourist attraction," he said.
"Which celebrates the mine, the town, and our connection with the Melbourne Cup, because the gold that was mined here was produced for the 2018 Melbourne Cup."
Suggestions from fixing Mt Perry's golf course, airconditioning for the town hall, and a bird nest swing were put forward to reinvigorate the town.
A topic that frequently reared its head throughout the evening was the proposition of a Mt Perry water park.
As there is no public pool in the township, several residents vocalised their intent to have a type of aquatic centre for the area.
"You see these parks where kids are just going crazy from one thing to another, getting drenched by buckets and water cannons," another resident said.
"Just having an absolute ball."
She had made previous inquiries about the costs involved with this development, being anywhere between $200,000 -$500,000.
Acknowledging this would go over budget, the resident would still like it to be considered for future plans.
"A water park is a feature that would hold a family in town.
"To hang around, do stuff, have meals, and stay longer in town than just drive through."
The concept of a water park, or even a swimming pool was passed on, with council indicating they would be over budget as the water park would cost at least $200,000.
"A 25m swimming pool would cost at least $3-4 million, plus $160,000 a year upkeep," Cr Bowen said.
Adequate shading for the skate park, plumbing and electricity for the racecourse's toilet block, town beautification were also included in the forum.
Following a lengthy discussion, votes were taken that night on where the money should be spent.
Public submissions for the town's renewal have now closed.
All projects in each North Burnett town will now need to be completed before June 30, 2020.