Funding Bonanza for Council

21 projects will now get underway across the region following Council’s successful bid for $2.74 million in funding for an infrastructure boost from the State Government’s Works for Queensland program.

CT councilCouncil has had all the projects approved under the program last week, giving the green light for all projects which will be completed by the end of 2017.

Mayor Liz Schmidt says the Works for Queensland funding is allowing Council to bring forward urgent infrastructure upgrades that are vital for the region.

“When we got the news of this funding in January and now that we have all of the 21 projects approved work can begin. Work on the first project will begin in March. We are ready to go.”

Roadwork projects under the Works for Queensland funding will include:
•    Repairs and maintenance to 13 bridges located throughout the Council region
•    Resheet and stabilisation work on the Mount Fox Road from the intersection of Mount Fox Road to the Burdekin River
•    Sandy Creek Road reconstruction from Cambridge Street to Wellington Road

Other projects funded by the program:
•    Construction of a dedicated safe walkway at Towers Hill which is one of the major tourism drawcards and venue for recreational walking in Charters Towers. The proposed work will utilise local workers (Council and sub-contractors) and local suppliers. Project is shovel ready. Construction plans and heritage approval is in place.
•    Installation of a concrete pathway over an existing unsealed section of walking track from the top of Towers Hill to link up with a concrete path which takes tourists and local exercise enthusiasts to the base of Towers Hill. Project is shovel ready.
•    Replacement of a number of ageing asbestos cement water mains which in some locations in Charters Towers recently were subject to significant breaks resulting from an earthquake.  These water mains are in various locations and account for a number of the funded projects.

The Mayor says every one of these 21 projects will be important infrastructure upgrades for Council.

“This program is also an important employment boost for our region. It is anticipated that up to 104 new jobs will be created and another 27 positions will be supported through these 21 infrastructure projects.”