Christmas has come early for the Burdekin Shire Council with the receipt of three State Government grants.
Mayor Bill Lowis said the Council had received a total of $113,120 funding from the State Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Scheme.
“There are three projects that this money will go toward including a flood gauging station at Reed Beds, the installation of backflow prevention devices on Beach Road and the refurbishment of the Home Hill Comfort Stop,” he said.
“We have received $10,400 towards the total construction cost of $26,000 for the flood gauging station at Reed Beds on the Bruce Highway.
“This station will provide accurate and timely flood warning information to Council during the wet season.
“This section of the highway can become dangerous due to the quick flood rises and fast flowing water and an alert station will allow us to decide the appropriate time to close the road for the safety of the travelling public.”
Cr Lowis said the installation of backflow prevention devices on Beach Road would cost a total of $96,800 with the State Government granting $38,720 towards the project.
“These devices will lessen the risk of backflow floodwater entering the Ayr town drain from Lilliesmere Lagoon,” he said.
“The works will help protect residents from floodwater inundation by allowing the town drain to work as it should.”
Cr Lowis said the Home Hill Comfort Stop would get a much needed refurbishment.
“Council had already put aside $100,000 for the Comfort Stop and this additional $64,000 subsidy will help ensure the all sections of the project are completed,” he said.
“The refurbishment will include providing direct external access to the disabled facilities to prevent carers from having to walk through the public toilets to access these facilities.
“We have had some public feedback from female carers of men with a disability who were embarrassed by having to walk through the men’s toilets to access the disabled facilities and the same with men having to go through the women’s toilets.
“We will also be installing CCTV security cameras, renewing lights and power bollards, repainting the steelwork, installing non-coin operated time devices in the showers and repairing the mosaic feature.
“The Home Hill Comfort Stop has become well-known throughout the travelling public and it is important that we keep it in good condition to encourage visitors to stay in the Burdekin.”