Stormwater upgrades in Central Park

Date published: 18 August 2020

Townsville City Council will upgrade stormwater infrastructure beneath Central Park before it installs innovative ‘solar trees’ in the popular precinct.

Work has started this week to replace seven stormwater pipes under the park. This work is expected to take four months to complete.

Completing the stormwater infrastructure paves the way for the installation of the solar trees, a project being delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government.

Council’s Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said the enhancements to the stormwater infrastructure were part of Council’s commitment to make the city more resilient.

“Stormwater pipes are a crucial part of the city’s infrastructure. In times of heavy rains, they move water out of our suburbs protecting homes and other infrastructure,” Cr Cook said.

“The pipes being installed under Central Park will improve drainage in the South Townsville area. This work is being completed as part of Council’s $75.8 million investment this financial year in new, enhanced and refurbished underground infrastructure such as water, wastewater and stormwater assets.

“Importantly, in these challenging economic times Council’s capital works program supports jobs. This project is expected to support around 20 jobs for the Townsville community.”

Local councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said it is a welcome upgrade for the area.

“With the new stormwater pipes installed, Council’s attention will move to the installation of the new solar trees,” Cr Greaney said.

“Like me, many Townsville residents, especially those living close to Central Park, are really interested in the construction of the solar trees. I think they will be an exciting and unique addition to the park and our city.

“The various works will require parts of Central Park, including the boardwalk to be closed at times and I thank the community for their patience and understanding. Council will do all it can to minimise disruptions.”