$10.9 million for transport and drainage improvements

Burdekin Shire Council will spend $10.9 million maintaining and upgrading roads, bridges, pathways and drainage in the 2018/19 financial year.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said $6.4 million was budgeted for capital renewals and improvements to enhance safety and connectivity across the district’s transport networks.

“Residents and visitors will benefit from even better access to Alva Beach with a new pathway to be constructed between the tourist park and the barbecue area at Alva Beach Park and bitumen-sealed car parking to be installed between the Ayr Surf Lifesavers Club building and the park. Council will set aside $185,000 for these works,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This will coincide with a $90,000 makeover for the playground at Alva Beach Park, which will be fitted with new play equipment for families and visitors to enjoy.”

Cr McLaughlin said $1.5 million would be spent on Council’s bitumen seal and widening program. “This includes works earmarked for Day, Brown and Corica Roads and for a section of Jerona Road through the township, providing bitumen-sealed access to the boat ramp,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Another $1.3 million will be spent on the renewal of Shire roads and replacing sections of road in poor condition. These repairs will be carried out at various locations around the Shire, including Hodel and Hughes Roads and Gibson Street.”

Council has also set aside $400,000 for the rehabilitation of Shire bridges and $645,000 to replace footpaths in poor condition.

“We have budgeted $60,000 to improve the pathway through the Ross Street park in Ayr, which is part of the Burdekin Be Active Trail in addition to being used by primary and secondary students coming and going from nearby schools,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This upgrade aims to increase safety by keeping pedestrians away from the road at the intersection of Ross and Chippendale Streets.”

Cr McLaughlin said another $485,000 would go towards the provision of kerbing and channelling and improved drainage in Sixteenth Street, Home Hill and $380,000 had been allocated for culvert renewal works across the Shire.

“In 2018/19, Council will spend a total of $1.3 million on capital drainage works,” Cr McLaughlin said.

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