20 jobs supported through making city streets greener

Date published: 28 January 2019

Work has begun to green up the CBD by planting trees throughout the city – and supporting 20 local jobs.

Local construction firm JMac was awarded the tender for the first stage of the project and will plant new trees along Walker Street, Sturt Street, Stanley Street and Stokes Street.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the Street Trees project will freshen up  the CBD and help boost the local economy.

“We lost a lot of trees during Cyclone Yasi and it is important that we restore the trees and create shade for people in the CDB,” Cr Hill said.

“The project will support 20 local jobs which is great for our local economy.”

Acting Local Government Minister Yvette D’Ath applauded Townsville City Council on this great project and their efforts to improve livability for local residents.

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be investing $1.45 million in this project and hundreds of others like it throughout regional areas through our Works for Queensland program,” Ms D’Ath said.

“To date, the $600 million Works for Queensland program has supported more than 13,000 jobs in regional Queensland while delivering the new and improved infrastructure local communities need.”

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino thanked the Queensland Government for investing $1.45 million into this project through the Works for Queensland program.

“All the trees will be suitable for the climate here in Townsville and will provide shade for pedestrians visiting the CBD,” Cr Molachino said.

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney thanked local business for their patience during the construction phase.

“Although there may be some parking and traffic disruptions, the trees will really enhance the look of our CBD which will be great for businesses around the area,” Cr Greaney said.

The project is expected to be finished by the end of March.