Caravan parks, pool to receive minor makeover

 

Burdekin Shire Council’s caravan parks and pools will receive a minor makeover in the 2015/16 financial year.

Mayor Bill Lowis said Council had budgeted $180,000 to be spent on the popular Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park in Ayr.

“We will refurbish the existing cabins, upgrade some of the power heads and re-roof the ablutions block,” he said.

“The Home Hill Caravan Park still has $85,000 available from last year’s Budget for the refurbishment of the ablutions block.”

Cr Lowis said the Ayr Swimming Pool would also be refurbished.

“Council has had to change its decision to redesign and refurbish the pool due to costs growing from our estimated $2 million to a projected $10 million,” he said.

“In addition Federal and State funding has been reduced and the likelihood of receiving grant monies of that magnitude is nil in today’s economic climate.

“Council has negotiated with GHD the consulting engineers to prepare preliminary plans for the refurbishment of the existing pool assets.

“This project will again depend on government grant support, but we will have a higher chance of success compared to the previous more expensive plan.”

Cr Lowis said Council still had $50,000 available from last year’s Budget for the refurbishment of the Millaroo Pool.

“We are still deciding the final items to be refurbished,” he said.

The Mayor said other Council buildings that were beyond repair would be removed.

“Funds have been set aside to remove some older buildings, including the old Ayr Cricket Clubhouse at the Ayr Racecourse and the old green pavilion and small ablutions block at the Ayr Showgrounds,” he said.

“These building have become superfluous to Council’s needs and would require a lot of money to bring them up to an acceptable standard.

“Council has made an economic decision to remove them to avoid any future maintenance or repair costs.”

 

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