March 20, 2019
South Burnett Regional Council is seeking public feedback on a proposal to locate a fuel cell at Durong.
Residents living in the Durong, Boondooma and Chahpingah districts have been forced to drive long distances to get fuel since the area’s only fuel outlet – the former Durong South General Store – closed in 2017.
Last March, Council resolved to locate a fuel cell in the area. On Wednesday, a spokesperson said Council had now received funding from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program for the project.
It is now seeking community feedback on the fuel cell’s location.
Mayor Keith Campbell said he believed the best location was a site the Council owns at the corner of the Mundubbera-Durong and Chinchilla-Wondai roads, almost directly opposite the former General Store.
The site was once used as cattle yards and a dip, but is now used by B-double truck drivers to park their trailers as they ferry freight in and out of the region.
Mayor Campbell said Council officers recommended decommissioning the cattle yards and dip to allow more space for the fuel cell.
“The Drought Communities Program will fund upgrades to the site entrance and exit, pavement and surface of the existing parking area, and upgrade the drainage to achieve all weather accessibility,” the Mayor said.
“The proposed site would allow heavy vehicles to turn safely in and out, and manoeuvre to access the fuel cell or decouple trailers.
“A fuel cell in Durong will offer convenience to the community by enabling residents to fuel up without having to drive to one of the larger surrounding towns.
“So I’d encourage all Durong area residents to get in touch with Council and have their say on the proposed location.”
Feedback will close at 5:00pm on Friday, April 5.
Residents can send their feedback by email or by phoning Council’s Property Section on (07) 4189-9100.