Burdekin Shire Council will spend $10.5 million upgrading and maintaining the Shire’s transport and drainage networks in the 2017/18 financial year.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said $6.6 million, which includes funding from Works for Queensland, was earmarked for capital renewals and improvements for roads, pathways and bridges.
“Council has allocated $830,000 to complete its upgrade of Mount Inkerman Road and construct a walking track up the hill,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“A major revamp of the Mount Inkerman scenic lookout is currently underway and upgrading the road to make the site more accessible to locals and visitors alike is an important component of this project.
“The road is used by many residents walking the hill for fitness and recreation and by tourists and investors seeking a picture perfect view of our region.”
Council has also set aside $625,000 for traffic management improvements.
Cr McLaughlin said the construction of a large rural roundabout at the intersection of Five Ways and Ivory Roads would boost road safety.
“This will create a safer intersection and help to manage the growing volume of traffic using this route,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Another $2 million will be spent on rural road upgrades and rehabilitation including sections of Hodel, Lena and Mitchell Roads.”
Council will also carry out upgrades to urban streets, including the installation of kerbing and channelling in Fourth Street and Fifteenth Avenue in Home Hill, with $630,000 set aside for the works.
Another $200,000 has been allocated to complete repairs to Council traffic bridges and $900,000 will be spent resurfacing rural and urban roads.
“Council has also allocated $850,000 for pathways, including a major upgrade on Seventh Avenue from Sixteenth Street towards Milburn Road and an extension to the Burdekin Be Active Trail,” Cr McLaughlin said.
In 2017/18, Council will also spend $650,000 conducting capital works on drainage networks.
“This will include drainage improvements in South Ayr and the provision of new and upgraded drainage associated with kerb and channel projects,” Cr McLaughlin said.