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Current Council Projects - August 2018

Less than two months into the new financial year and there are already a number of major projects underway in the city, with even more projects shovel ready and waiting.


Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the Council was committed to utilising majority local workforce and suppliers, ensuring support to the local economy while upgrading community infrastructure.


Currently, the Library, Civic Centre and Aquatic Centre are receiving much needed attention; with a combined spend of $2.88m, with almost $1.2m being state and federally funded. This work has seen the Library undergo full upgrade of air-conditioning, and the Civic Centre air-conditioning upgrade is nearing 85 per cent completion.


Mayor Joyce McCulloch said one of the most exciting projects was the city’s aquatic centre, which is currently undergoing extensive renovation.


“This is a major project which will benefit so many sections of our community,” Cr McCulloch said.


“The project including full renovation of change rooms, repair of pool expansion joints and partial retiling, structural analysis of grandstand and flooring and conversion to meeting/kitchen/serving facility of area under grand stand, installation of disabled lift and access chair for pool, relocation of entrance and upgrade of kiosk, resurfacing of interface area between family fun park/skate park and pool area, installation of barbecue area and shade, relocation and upgrade of first aid room, and upgrade and uplift to grandstand appearance.


“This will be stage one and we are currently investigating ongoing grants and funding to continue additional planned stages.”


Worth $326k and fully funded under the Safer Communities funding stream, the city’s CCTV system operating platform has been upgraded and installation of additional CCTV units with two already installed at the lookout and upgraded camera units at Family Fun Park and Skate park.


Camooweal Town Hall has received some love with $40k of upgrades including Installation of flag poles, repairs to electrical and lighting, doors and stairs. We are currently investigating restumping options for building.


The build of No. 3a Reservoir has received $873k funding under Building Our Regions 3, with a total spend of $1.7m spend for the project. Currently the hillside excavation down to the footings has been completed and the tender is being awarded for design and construct.


The Isa Street Bridge is shaping up to be a major project worth $6.61m, with $3.67m funded under the Bridge Renewals Program and Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme. The relocation of sewer main has commenced with directional boring completed south of bridge. $1.2m worth of prefabricated beams and culverts has been ordered and we are awaiting delivery dates before construction begins.


100 per cent funded under TMR Blackspot funding, $305k will be spent on an upgrade to Camooweal and Mary Streets intersection. The design is nearing completion, and includes upgrades of intersection/islands and Mary St school pedestrian crossing.


Mount Oxide Rd Diversion Design/Investigation will see a spend of $106k. Currently, site locations have been identified, and floodway and approach designs are in progress.


Animal Management Facility will see a total spend of $440k, fully funded under Works for QLD. A survey of the facility is underway with the review and upgrade of the facility to follow.


Cr McCulloch said the year was already shaping up to be a busy one, with many projects in the pipeline, and many funding opportunities being sought.


“I’m extremely proud to say that this council is extremely active in pursuing grants and funding for every area of this city,” she said.


“We’re committed to revitalizing this city, but doing it in a responsible way, a way that doesn’t hit our ratepayers at every turn.”