Blackbutt upgrades get green light

Council is proposing sweeping upgrades to Blackbutt's CBD streetscape. Picture: Contributed 262057_01

Blackbutt’s main mile is set to receive a massive face-lift in the months to come, with the South Burnett Regional Council publicly announcing their streetscape upgrade plans for the town last week.

According to a South Burnett Regional Council notice published on 9 December, Council has given the green light to previously proposed plans to upgrade the Blackbutt CBD streetscape and footpath areas.

“The project will deliver revitalisation to the Blackbutt CBD precinct with new infrastructure including kerb and channel, textured and coloured footpath areas, bike racks, pedestrian seating, landscaping and trees, with acknowledgements of the Blackbutt town heritage and connection to the timber industries,” the SBRC media release read.

“Outcomes from delivering this project will provide economic stimulus, engaging with local and regional businesses.”

The project is set to commence in the following months, with Council being given a June 2022 deadline by the Australian Government, who have provided the project’s funding via the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

To this effect, Council has re-advertised the necessary works contracts to interested parties in the region.

“South Burnett Regional Council has taken the opportunity to readvertise the project’s works contract, due to the Australian Government extending the timeline for the project until June 2022,” the Council media release read.

“Readvertising of the works contract will give Council the opportunity to provide flexibility in the delivery of the project and source competitive contractor interest.

“The ability to create flexibility in the delivery of the project will provide reduced disruption to businesses and the community as we approach the Christmas and peak tourism periods.” it went on.

Council estimates that the procurement process of the works contract is expected to be finalised by February 2022, with the project scheduled for completion in June 2022.

“An example of the decorative surfacing for Blackbutt’s new footpath will soon be showcased by Council on the bike rack facility in Les Muller Park,” Council’s media release read, adding that the surface coating in question is scheduled for completion in December 2021.

“This project has been funded under the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI) and Council’s Capital Works programme for 2021-2022.”

Locals wishing to access further information on the project are urged to contact Council’s Infrastructure team on 1300 789 279, 07 4189 9100 or email