Upcoming projects in the Balonne

Grey St, St George, is undergoing a beautification project as directed by the Balonne council.
Grey St, St George, is undergoing a beautification project as directed by the Balonne council. Alexia Austin

Service leaders gathered for a Care Balonne meeting on Wednesday to discuss the continuing improvements to the shire.

This comes after Member for Warrego Ann Leahy announced the association would be the recipient of a $15, 000 grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

"The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is a quarterly program providing up to $35,000 to community groups,” Ms Leahy said.

"In this funding round, a total of $253 906.50 will be provided to nine organisations across the Warrego electorate.”

She said Care Balonne intended to spend a portion of the money on much needed playground equipment.

Hot topics on the agenda at Wednesday's meeting included the provision of green waste collection for St George, the beautification project on Grey St, the Dirranbandi concert and an update to local animal laws.

Present at the meeting was Balonne Councillor Scott Scriven, who spoke on the benefits of introducing curbside green waste collection to the town.

"Last year we renewed the curb side waste collection contract with JJ Richards,” Cr Scriven said.

"Council would now like to gauge interest in a curbside green waste collection for St George.

"Expressions of interest will be delivered to rate payers with their notices.

"The project would be a great way to reduce landfill usage and increase [landfill] life.”

Balonne mayor Richard Marsh was also in attendance at the meeting, voicing his support of the betterment projects.

"We have added new foot paths, new curbing and trees to Grey St - we have a quarter of the project still to finish, which will start on Monday, ” Cr Marsh said.

"Our local [animal] laws are fairly old, and we are currently going through the process of revising them.”

Topics:  ann leahy care balonne council grant projects

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