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The 2014-15 Whitsunday Regional Council budget includes $400,000 for four town entrancestatements, one for each of the major townships in the local government area; AirlieBeach/Cannonvale, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine.
Mayor Whitney said the budget also includes $15,000 for a heritage management plan for theNorth Head Lighthouse Project, Bowen.
“The town entrance statements will celebrate the individualism of each township, while working to unite the region via a common theme.
“We are very pleased we can offer $100,000 to each of the four townships for these communityprojects, administered by Council, with local economic development groups, chambers ofcommerce and tourism organisations driving their delivery with complimentary funding whereapplicable,” Mayor Whitney said.
The proposed organisations and locations are:
Proserpine Entry Statements
Bruce Highway North and South, led by the Proserpine Chamber of CommerceAirlie Beach Entry Statements
Airlie Beach Main Street retaining wall, led by SKAL WhitsundayBowen Entry Statements
Bruce Highway or Salt Works Creek, led by the Bowen Chamber of CommerceCollinsville Entry Statements
Bowen Developmental Road and throughout the township, led by the Collinsville BusinessWomen’s Network.
“Council is working with the committee and the community to ensure the heritage value of thelighthouse is preserved, while also adhering to relevant legislation and regulations,” she said.
Mayor Whitney said despite Council’s main priority being focused on paying down debt the $16.2 million capital work program includes much needed road upgrades, water and sewerageinfrastructure improvements and some community projects across the entire region.
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