Soil test­ing in pipe­line

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith

RE­AC­TIVE soil could desta­bilise cost es­ti­mates for a new skate park at Mt Perry.

The North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil es­ti­mates came in at $75,000, based on the cost of a Biggen­den skate park, and they set aside $50,000 in the bud­get with the re­main­ing $25,000 to be sourced from grants.

But the soil at the pro­posed park has not yet been tested.

If it is re­ac­tive, the ground will need to be sta­bilised to stop cracks form­ing in the con­crete.

“(The skate park) can be de­signed to go any­where but the soil type af­fects the cost,” the man­ager of engi­neer­ing ser­vices, Trevor Har­vey, said at the coun­cil meet­ing last month.

But the coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Pitt said the coun­cil would source ad­di­tional costs by ap­ply­ing for fund­ing grants.

The park will be built be­side the mil­i­tary leop­ard tank. The lo­cal sport and recre­ation club wanted the park to be built next to its shed, but the coun­cil de­cided against this idea.

“(We) ... wanted it here (by the tank) be­cause the area is out in the open and by toi­let fa­cil­i­ties,” Mt Perry coun­cil­lor John Bowen said.

“Now that we have the lo­ca­tion okayed, we can get to work do­ing these tests and de­ter­min­ing what we need for the foun­da­tion.”

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