$5.833 million will be invested in improvements to the places and spaces which enhance the liveability of Isaac communities.
“In 2019-20, we will be investing $5 million into our network of community facilities, from pools to public halls, and $833,000 into parks and recreational areas,” Mayor Anne Baker said.
“People come to the Isaac for an opportunity and discover reasons to stay, and one of those reasons is our commitment to maintaining active and attractive communities from the coast to the coalfields.”
“We continue to invest in those places and spaces which provide a venue for our communities to gather and enjoy the fantastic lifestyle we have to offer.”
Mayor Baker said Council had received $1.59 million in assistance from the State Government’s Works for Queensland program which would deliver improvements to community halls and facilities across the region.
“Clermont’s Civic Centre, the Glenden Recreation Centre, Historic Nebo Musuem and Nebo Memorial Hall, the Dysart Civic Centre and Middlemount Community Hall will all benefit from improvement works in 2019-20,” she said.
Mayor Baker said stage one of the Clermont Showground and Saleyards revitalisation program would continue be implemented with $650,000 from the Queensland Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.
“The saleyards are integral to the region’s thriving beef sector and the showgrounds are host to a wide array of wonderful community events, including the annual Clermont Show,” she said.
Division 1 Councillor Greg Austen said $110,000 had been allocated to rejuvenate Glenden’s pool, while new shade covers would be installed over play equipment in the town centre.
“In the west, Council will also be investing $60,000 to refurbish amenities at Theresa Creek Dam which continues to be an aquatic drawcard for locals and visitors alike,” Cr Austen said.
Division 2 Councillor Nick Wheeler said $240,000 had been allocated to continuing upgrades at Dysart’s pool.
“These funds will deliver essential upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems, including the pool filters. $20,000 will also be spent extending the irrigation system at Centenary Park which is a wonderful space for the local community,” Cr Wheeler said.
Division 3 Councillor Gina Lacey said $138,000 had been allocated replace the synthetic softfall in the play area and water park at Moranbah’s Greg Cruickshank Aquatic Centre.
Division 4 Councillor Simon West said a shade structure and new softfall would be provided for the children’s play area in the shopping precinct of Town Square.
“We will also be investigating how the Town Square water feature might be renewed or replaced,” Cr West said.
Division 5 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea said Council would also be collaborating with the area’s traditional owners to develop new wall art for Moranbah council administration building.
“This project will help share the history of the Barada Barna people with locals and visitors to our community,” she said.
It will complement other improvement works which have been delivered to make Town Square a real focus point for our town,” Cr Vea Vea said.
Division 6 Councillor Lyn Jones said she was pleased to see continued investment at Clermont Showground and Saleyards, which were wonderful community assets.
“Council will also be demolishing the old service station in Lime Street, adjacent to Hoods Lagoon, and remediating the site for future community use,” Cr Jones said.
Division 7 Councillor Jane Pickels said $22,000 has been budgeted to install distance markers on walking tracks around Middlemount as well as interpretive storyboards.
“Our network of local walking tracks helps residents enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle and this investment serves to enhance that offering. This follows the installation of additional solar lighting last year,” Cr Pickels said.
Division 8 Councillor Geoff Bethel said the Carmila Beach playground would benefit from $65,000 in new play equipment as well as new softfall and a new shade structure.
“$154,000 has been allocated to replace the St Lawrence Swimming Pool, $30,000 to replace the damaged shade structure at Nebo Skate Park, while we will also be undertaking power upgrades at Carmila’s tennis courts,” Cr Bethel said.
“At Marg’s Park in St Lawrence a new protective rockwall bank will be installed in the riparian area and the space renewed with native plantings at a cost of $75,000.”