Local firm on board to build Bus Hub and create 30 jobs

Date published: 19 July 2018

Townsville City Council has awarded the contract to build the CBD Bus Hub to local construction firm Mendi – creating 30 local jobs from this shovel-ready project.

The new Bus Hub includes new sheltered seating, improve pedestrian access and landscaping.

Work is expected to start within a fortnight and be completed in February 2019.

The project received $4 million in funding from the Queensland Government.

Deputy Mayor and Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Les Walker said the Bus Hub would create 30 local jobs during construction.

“This project will be a great win for public transport users and CBD traders,” Cr Walker said.

“The new Bus Hub will encourage more people into the city by making it easier to use public transport.

“The new Bus Hub will be walking distance to and from the new North Queensland Stadium, while improving public transport facilities and services throughout the city.

“The project also includes improving the street scape of Ogden Street, which will help revitalise that part of the CBD.”

Council purchased a lot along Odgen Street to facilitate the Bus Hub and has already completed demolition works.  This lot will be converted to a road to allow for better traffic flow.

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the CBD Bus Hub was one of the many projects Council was building as part of its record infrastructure spend in the 2018-19 Budget.

“More than $430 million will be invested in different projects across the city to upgrade infrastructure and create jobs for locals,” Cr Molachino said.

“It’s fantastic that this important project has been awarded to local firm Mendi.

“I’d also like to thank the Queensland Government for their significant contribution to the CBD Bus Hub.”

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the project would help revitalise the area around Ogden St.

“The CBD Bus Hub will completely transform the area and make it so much easier for people to take public transport into the city,” Cr Greaney said.

“The area around Ogden Street will be transformed by the Bus Hub and it will greatly improve connectivity in our city heart.

“The Bus Hub is expected to take 8 to 9 months but work will be minimised over the Christmas trading period to ensure local businesses do not lose out on any trade.”