Biggenden boomtown

BIGGENDEN is experiencing a building boom, with retirees attracted to the great view of Mt Walsh National Park, flocking to the town.

While some are choosing the area because of family ties, others have decided to locate there after visiting friends who are residents.

The North Burnett Regional Council Biggenden office has approved 53 building applications for 2008 and 45 to date in 2009.

Local building contractor Neil Gibbs described the current demand for his services as “chaotic”.

“We have built at least 12 homes in the past two years and have orders for five more,” he said.

Mr Gibbs employs three men and is planning to take on another apprentice soon.

Burnett Livestock and Realty real estate representative Jess Hollier said vacant building blocks were in very short supply in the town area, but there were a number of homes in the under-$200,000 price range listed for sale.

An auction of two building blocks, one of 125sq m and one 850sq m located in the prestige area known to locals as Newtown in Biggenden will take place in Childers on Saturday.
Picturing history

HELP of long-time Elliott Heads residents is needed for a trip to the past on Australia Day.

The Elliott Head and District Residents and Ratepayers Association are looking for photographs of Elliott Heads and Riverview for the Australia Day display at Elliott Heads Hall.

All photographs will be scanned and returned to the owner.

The group is also looking for verbal historical information or historical items related to the area.

For more information contact Barry Bainbridge on 4159 6169 between 6pm and 8pm or email barco2@bigpond.com.
Better than an apple

KOLAN South State School and Elliott Heads State School have their eyes firmly fixed on the $30,000 staff room makeover, reaching this week’s top 15 in the Queensland Teachers’ Credit Union Staffroom for Improvement competition.

Kolan South State School has hit the top 20 with its current rank of 13, with Elliott Heads State School further down the ladder at 34.

Voting closes on Friday, November 20.

To vote for your school visit www.staffroomforimprovement.com.au.
Making better families

NORTH Burnett residents have the opportunity to discover and learn more about relationship services in the area with a Family and Relationship Expo at the Gayndah Town Hall.

The event runs from 9am to 1.30pm.

The expo will include information about legal issues, budgeting, health and welfare, counselling and dispute resolution.


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