Works for Queensland delivering local results

Date published: 14 June 2017

Two of the 51 projects funded under the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program have already been completed ahead of the November 30 deadline.

Mysterton and Hyde Park residents are already making use of a new dog off-leash area to safely exercise their animals adjacent to Mindham Park with the $18,000 work package to install signage, bollards for delineation, dog drinking bowl and bag dispenser wrapping up last week.

In a separate project, three new refuse bins have also been installed at The Lakes in Currajong.

A further four projects are scheduled for completion by the end of June 2017 including a $120,000 project to create a shared pathway along the ring road to St Anthony’s College at Deeragun.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said through the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program Townsville was getting both jobs and local infrastructure.

“These are the kind of great community infrastructure projects that Works for Queensland is making possible right across the state, delivering jobs and stimulating the local economy.

“Townsville City Council alone has received more than $21.8 million from the Palaszczuk Government through this program to deliver 51 projects and employ 375 local people.”

Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said a total of 51 projects in 88 locations had been selected to be of immediate benefit to suburbs and divisions across the city, with work ranging from the installation of shade structures at local parks to the completion of Stage 2 of The Strand Waterpark.

“Every single project was hand selected to provide a direct boost to residents in the local area as well as the city as a whole,” Cr Hill said.

“The majority are projects such as pathway connections, installation of fencing and handrails, sporting facilities, lighting and shade structures that while small, will make a big difference to local residents.

“Townsville received a total of $21.8 million - more than any other local government – for the program that is aimed at boosting the economy and supporting jobs.”

All projects met the Government’s criteria that they be unfunded works and could be completed by November.

“Coordinating delivery of the work under such a tight timeframe is a big job and we’re ensuring we use local contractors and suppliers as much as possible.”

Pathways to be constructed as part of Works for Queensland:
* Warburton St, Balsam St and Bunya St, Gollogly Lane, Meenan Street, Park Lane and Oxford Street, Anne Street and Patrick Street; Bergin Road from Lumeah St to Nathan St. All to be complete by the end of June

Other projects scheduled for completion by the end of June are:
* Shared path from the Ring Road to St Anthony’s School
* Field upgrade at the Olympic Soccer Club ground in Burt St (fencing)
* Upgrades to the irrigation control system at Riverway