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Major Makeover for Sunset Drive Median Islands

The median islands on Sunset Drive and the northern section of Camooweal Street will soon be looking completely different, thanks to a $90,000 Council beautification project.


The beautification will consist of an alternating pattern of decorative concrete and gravel and the planting of drought-tolerant, hardy native shrubs, such as emu bushes or spider lilies.


“These medians have been barren and desolate for several decades now, but in a few short weeks they will be looking great,” Mayor Joyce McCulloch said.


“With the different colours of concrete and gravel, native plants and the geometric patterns that will be used, these medians will look completely different to what they do now.


“Council’s focus and commitment is to consider and improve the overall visual appeal of the whole city, not just the CBD, and this is what we have done with these median islands.


“Mount Isa is a city of opportunity, and so we as a Council are spending a lot of time on these visual considerations and beautification work across the city.


“In designing these new medians, we have also taken into consideration long-term upkeep requirements and have incorporated low-maintenance elements that won’t put a strain on the maintenance budget.


“I am very happy that this work is being undertaken and look forward to seeing the end results.”


The beautification works follow the recently completed upgrade of the water mains on the middle of Sunset Drive, with the old 100mm-diameter mains there being replaced with a larger, 150mm pipe as part of Council’s ongoing water mains network refurbishment program.


The works will begin in Camooweal Street in early June with the medians south of Patricia Street, before progressing northwards along Camooweal Street and into Sunset Drive, up to the bridge.


The project should be completed by the end of June. Motorists are advised that traffic conditions may change while the work is progressing and are kindly asked to slow down while crews are on-site.