2019/20 Budget - Council keeping Townsville moving through transport infrastructure spend

Date published: 25 June 2019

Townsville City Council is investing $89.1 million on road and transport infrastructure upgrades and maintenance to keep our city moving and improve safety.

Council will invest $89.1 million fixing, maintaining and building new roads, pathways and bus stops throughout Townsville – as part of the $409.1 million infrastructure spend in the 2019/20 Budget.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Council is dedicated to improving and building the infrastructure needed for the growth of the city and create jobs for locals.

“The 2019/20 Budget will continue to deliver on major transport projects that will keep Townsville moving and build for our future,” Cr Hill said.

“That’s why we are investing in projects like the Rendle Street upgrade with $1.3 million dedicated to renewing the road following the stormwater improvements conducted in 2018/19.

“We’ve also put aside $1.5 million for sealing roads in rural areas because we know quality roads are important for all residents – whether they live in the city, the suburbs or in a rural area.”

Other key projects include a $1.6m upgrade of Odgen Street and $2.5m for road renewals on 19 roads across Townsville.

This is in addition to the funding Council is expecting from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority following the unprecedented monsoon.

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said a quality road and footpath network is important for creating an accessible city.

“Council’s existing transport networks include 1,800km of road and 537km of pathways – we are dedicated to continuing to build for our future by investing in these vital infrastructure assets.

“Our roads did take a blow during the unprecedented monsoon and Council is working to secure further funding to ensure we build them back better and more resilient.

“There has been more than $1.2 billion allocated to infrastructure and capital projects throughout this term of Council – which has played an important role in supporting the economy and local jobs.”

The $89.1 million invested in transport services includes all secured funding and donated assets.