Chance to talk street

GIN Gin residents and business-people can find out about the much anticipated Gin Gin Streetscape project at a community information night.

The evening will be hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council and will be held at the Gin Gin RSL Hall in Milden Street on October 13 from 6pm.

Councillors and council officers will attend to provide information about the streetscape works, including plans, visual graphics, construction schedules and future funding opportunities.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The revitalisation works are targeted towards civil and beautification upgrades for the Central Business District of Gin Gin on Mulgrave Street.

Councillor Wayne Honor was involved in the concept development with the previous Kolan Shire Council and now with Bundaberg Regional Council, planning started six years ago.

“The community, residents and other government departments were heavily involved in consultation and concept development going back to 2003,” Cr Honor said.

“Since then, council has invested in drainage, underground power and the detailed designs. The upgrade works, which address traffic speed, parking, pedestrian safety, security, streetscape and beautification, will deliver beneficial outcomes for Gin Gin and the Bundaberg region.”

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch believes the revitalisation of the Gin Gin CBD will greatly enhance the northern gateway to the Bundaberg region.

“These important works in Gin Gin will not only benefit the residents but also provide additional appeal for visitors to travel to the region and increase the number of people who stop while travelling through on the Bruce Highway,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“Council believes the revitalisation works will increase the confidence of local businesses and residents, triggering further investment from the community. We see the Gin Gin Streetscape as a major economic driver not only for Gin Gin, but for the whole region.”

Construction is expected to start in February next year and be completed over a 12 month period.

Council has committed $1.8 million in the 2009/10 financial year to instigate stage one and is investigating further funding for future years.

Bundaberg Regional Council is grateful for the support from the state government's Rural Living Infrastructure Fund, which is providing $750,000 towards stage one construction expenses.

Cent sale continues

THE monthly South Kolan Community Kindy continuous cent sale afternoon is on again.

Lots of prizes will be available to pack your pantry with.

Prizes in the continuous raffle include grocery items and home- made goodies.

There will also be raffles, whip- arounds and lucky door prizes for both adults and children.

The sale will be held at the South Kolan Hotel on Saturday, October 24 at 1.30pm.

The date has been changed from October 17.

Entry is free and afternoon tea is provided.

Lunch is available and the fun and laughter is free.

Places available

THE South Kolan Kindy still has limited places for children aged three to five for 2009.

For more information or to book a place, telephone 4157 7369 on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Energetic for completion

CONTRACTORS are busy at work in an effort to have Ergon Energy's Mundubbera substation operating before the end of the year.

The $21 million station is located at Benhams Road beside the Burnett Highway on the outskirts of Mundubbera.

Area operations manager Craig Harris said the project was progressing well.

“The building to house the sensitive equipment used to monitor and control the substation is well advanced, while the transformer and most of the high-voltage plant is in place in the substation yard,” Mr Harris said.

“We expect to commence testing and commissioning of the new site in September,” he said.

Mr Harris said the new station will be beneficial to the community.

“Together with the new substation having twice the capacity of the existing one, this will provide a significantly more reliable power supply for almost 2000 customers in Mundubbera and neighbouring areas,” he said.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of North Burnett residents while we upgrade their power supply,” he said.

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