Comfort Stop to undergo $100,000 refurbishment

The Burdekin Shire Council will spend $100,000 of this year’s Public Conveniences capital budget to refurbish the Home Hill Comfort Stop.

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said the refurbishment would include repairs to the Burdekin Seed Pod mosaic.

“We are also installing solar hot water systems for the bathrooms and security cameras in an effort to reduce vandalism,” he said.

“This year’s Parks and Recreation Budget capital budget also will include spending $135,000 on a new Sextons Building at the Ayr cemetery which will be relocated to recently resumed land in Mackenzie Street and will include an accessible unisex toilet.

“This will address public concerns about the lack of toilet facilities available at the cemetery.”

Also in the Parks section, council has allocated $50,000 to continue upgrading irrigation in parks that don’t have underground sprinklers. The old Exceloo unit at Anzac Park will be refurbished and relocated to Coutts Park on Beach Road. The existing Windyloo cubicles at Coutts Park will be removed.

Council has also diverted funding to source options to upgrade skate facilities in Home Hill and Giru.

Cr Lowis said council had not yet made any decision as to whether to upgrade the Home Hill facilities or to replace it.

“Once council has had the opportunity to source information about skatepark items and their costings, we will then make a decision on how to proceed,” he said.

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