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MBDA Proposes Two Council Projects

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A 2014 plan for an upgrade of Murgon's CBD footpaths which was put on the back-burner when urgent repairs were needed to the Jubilee Swimming Pool is now back on the MBDA's agenda

November 8, 2016

The Murgon Business and Development Association (MBDA) will ask the South Burnett Regional Council to consider two projects for next year’s budget: upgrading footpaths in the town’s CBD, and removing potentially dangerous palm trees outside the town’s day care centre.

At the MBDA’s most recent meeting, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff told members money has been allocated to scope the CBD footpaths project, and there has also been a budget allocation to scope a proposed Interpretive Center which would be built near the South Burnett Rail Trail.

However, neither project is likely to advance any further during the current financial year as the Council focus their funds on improving the region’s rural road network.

Cr Duff suggested the MBDA hold off sending a letter to the Council about the palm trees until the cost of doing this had been investigated.

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Graham House has injected $556,000 into the Murgon comunity over the last 12 months, Iris Ferguson told the meeting.

Graham House is funded by the government, Iris said, but it is also involved in a number of projects that don’t attract government funding.

To pursue these, it needs to raise the funds itself.

This year one of Graham House’s major fund-raisers would be a Big Night Out concert with Outtawak at Murgon Town Hall.

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BIEDO will be hosting a South Burnett Business Expo at Kingaroy Town Hall on Monday, November 21.

CEO Kristy Frahm said the Expo would give South Burnett businesses the opportunity to showcase their services to the public, as well as network with other local businesses.

The Expo will include guest speakers, information and trade stands, and was an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders – new businesses, established businesses, primary producers, and organisations with services or products to offer other business – to come together in one space.

Admission to the Expo will be free and open to the public, and a sausage sizzle will be running, too.

Stands at the Expo are $33 and can be booked by phoning BIEDO on (07) 4169-5456.

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The MBDA will raise membership fees next year from $66 to $77, including GST.

Memberships will run from January to December, and pro-rata memberships will be available from July onwards for $44.

Finmancial members will receive all minutes, correspondence and financial reports from meetings, while non-members will only receive correspondence and meeting notices.

Meeting dates will continue to be 6:30am breakfast meetings held on the second Thursday of each month, and the next AGM will be held in September 2017.

The current MBDA executive is Leo Geraghty (President), Margaret Long (Secretary) and Stacey Perrett (Treasurer).

MBDA 2016-17 committee members are Mark Smith, Lanse Ray, Curtis Micken, Corey Goldie and Gary Long.

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The Murgon Business and Development Association represents the businesses and community of Murgon and surrounding districts.

The group holds regular monthly meetings and new members are always welcome.

The MBDA’s next breakfast meeting will be at Murgon’s Royal Hotel on Thursday, November 10.

Breakfast is $15 and coffee an extra $4.

More details about MBDA membership can be obtained by contacting MBDA secretary Margaret Long at Murgon Real Estate on (07) 4168-2922 or 0413-488-418.
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