Stirling Hinchliffe opens new-look Wondai building
THE South Burnett has shared in more than $600 million over the past three years for community projects.
This week it was Wondai's turn to enjoy the spoils.
Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe was in town on Friday to officially open the newly refurbished Wondai administration building and library and tour some of the region's other projects.
"We will be having a look at all the great works that have been done by council using the Palaszczuk government's Works for Queensland project," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"More than $13 million worth of projects are hitting the South Burnett."
Mr Hinchliffe was joined by South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell to open the new-look MacKenzie St facility.
The Wondai Library has relocated across the road from its former location.
Councillor Ros Heit said this would allow for a more enjoyable experience for residents.
"By putting it here it is a more open space and more efficient use of staff," she said.
"Its a more friendly space."
The total cost of the refurbishment, which included painting, installation of disabled toilets, a new counter and floor coverings was $267,503.
The old library building will now be used as a document storage area.
Cr Heit suggested council would love to use the old library building for something better than to house old documents, but they needed to be stored under specific regulations.
"It had to be vermin proof, dead flat concrete floor and airconditioned - that building is perfect," she said.
"It is frustrating, those are the sorts of things that cost council a lot of money, but that is the legislation."
Mr Hinchliffe said more than $600 million had been allocated to the Works for Queensland projects across regional Queensland.
"That allows local councils like South Burnett to make decisions on what they think are important projects across the region," he said.
He said the projects that were given priority over others were the ones with strong employment opportunities.
"Primarily it's about job creation and sustaining those jobs," he said.
"Projects that promote jobs for local community, they get the priority."