Timber bridges costly: council

WHERE there were once 23 member councils in the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Councils, amalgamation has created six.

The dilution, however, did not deter the four larger councils representing their communities in Hervey Bay at the latest quarterly meeting on Thursday.

“It's a tighter discussion now on common areas of interest,” the Fraser Coast's acting mayor, Julie Arthur, said.

Ms Arthur was expecting the upkeep of bridges across the region to play a prominent part in the afternoon session with the regional roads group.

“There are really big costs involved. One of our many challenges is to fund the repair and replacement of timber bridges.”

Ms Arthur was joined by Gympie's Ron Dyne, who chaired the meeting, Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch and North Burnett mayor Joy Jensen.

Mr Dyne was optimistic that a new sports strategy for the Wide Bay-Burnett region could attract “noisy” sports like shooting and motor racing, which are on the way out in the state's south-east.

“This is an opportunity to develop policy to try and get State Government support,” he said.

“Governments like to speak with larger organisations rather than individual councils.”

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