THE start of the new year brings with it exciting prospects for the Maranoa, with several events and projects scheduled or under way.
Firstly, the council will welcome in the new year by celebrating the region's finest and brightest at the Australia Day Awards ceremony on Friday, January 26.
The awards recognise members of the community who have made an outstanding contribution in the area.
There are nine categories to be awarded at the ceremony: Citizen of the year; young citizen; sports award; junior sports award; community event of the year; outstanding achievement; member contribution; the Andrea Murray memorial award; and the cultural award.
In terms of projects, many are due to be finished in the following months.
All pet lovers in Roma can rejoice, with the council planning to install a dog off-leash walking park next to Shady's Lagoon, in Roma, which will be finished mid year.
Roma Netball is to get an upgrade, with the council funding an additional eight courts with superior cushioned mat surfaces, clubhouse, amenities, seating, footpaths and lighting for night competitions at Bassett Park. Players can look forward to hitting the courts when the 2018 netball season starts, with a planned project completion date in February.
The Surat hall will gain some special attention in the new year, with the council funding a repaint of the exterior to help maintain its heritage.
The Roma cemetery will have new fencing placed around the exterior to protect and maintain the site.
Following this, portfolio chair of utilities councillor David Schefe will be hard at work improving the waterways and sewerage systems across the Maranoa.
Injune will be provided with a new bore, Yuleba will receive a bore renewal and, in Roma, the bore 12 reservoir and booster pump system will be opened in the next few weeks.
There is a main installation scheduled for Alexander Ave-Miscamble St, in Roma.
Northern Rd-Alexander Ave will also receive an upgrade.
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