FRIENDS of the Heritage Village association president Peter Finnigan yesterday rejected any proposed changes to the operation of the village as a way of cutting council costs.
After going along to Thursday night's "your budget, your choice" session with Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow Mr Finnigan told The Morning Bulletin he had not been convinced any of the proposed options would be suitable.
"I think Margaret did an excellent job explaining the issues council is facing with this budget, but I simply don't believe there is anything to be gained by cutting services to the Heritage Village," he said.
Mr Finnigan said he did not believe any great amount of money could be raised by removing the animals, getting another group to run the site or leasing the shearing shed.
"I can appreciate the circumstances, but we really feel that once you start cutting services to the village, you are going to end up with something that isn't up to scratch as far as the public is concerned," he said.
"In the long term it's not a great deal of money for something that caters for everybody from young children to pensioners."
Mr Finnigan also felt there was a lot of public support for the Heritage Village, and had started a petition which had gained hundreds of signatures.
Mayor Strelow yesterday said the Heritage Village's future was only one of the issues explored during the sessions.
She said other options she was asking people to consider included the sale of the airport, changes to the mowing schedule of the Region's parks, changes to the operation of the World War II Memorial Pool and discontinuing the Community Technology Centre.