Street up­grade fi­nally sur­faces

Al­most a decade in the plan­ning, the Mun­dub­bera street up­grade is fi­nally here.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE main street of Mun­dub­bera is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a facelift al­most a decade in the mak­ing.

The Lyons St bi­tu­men is be­ing resur­faced and the foot­path is be­ing re­placed.

The pipes un­der­neath the road have al­ready been re­placed.

North Bur­nett Deputy Mayor and Di­vi­sion Three Coun­cil­lor Faye Whe­lan said the work was sched­uled to orig­i­nally be com­pleted eight years ago, be­fore coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tion.

“Ob­vi­ously with the busi­ness of the amal­ga­mated coun­cils to­gether and so forth, North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil couldn’t af­ford it in their bud­get,” Cr Whe­lan said.

“How­ever we have in the last two bud­gets, in the present bud­get and the bud­get we will bring down next week.

“Be­cause it is such a large job it has been costed over two bud­gets.”

Cr Whe­lan has ad­vo­cated for the pro­ject be­fore and af­ter amal­ga­ma­tion and said she was very happy to see it fi­nally un­der­way.

“I’m ab­so­lutely very, very pleased that we are get­ting it done,” she said.

“The in­con­ve­nience will be well worth the pain when the pro­ject is com­pleted.

“It will re­ju­ve­nate the main street of Mun­dub­bera.

Cr Whe­lan said the pro­ject had to wait un­til af­ter the pipes were re­placed, which they were ear­lier this year, as they wanted to do the job prop­erly.

“The pipes were re­placed be­cause they were the orig­i­nal pipes which could date back to the 1940s and 1950s,” she said.

“We couldn’t do a patch up job.

“We wanted to do it prop­erly and re­place those pipes so into the fu­ture we wouldn’t have any wa­ter leeks un­der the new works.

“Hence why it was quite a large job to be done.”

She said the work now would save coun­cil money into the fu­ture.

“It’s be­ing done all at once and hope­fully it will last a cou­ple of decades, if not longer,” she said.

“It’s like a stich in times save nine.

“It should be cost ef­fec­tive for fu­ture coun­cils for two or three decades.”

The work should be com­pleted by the end of July, weather per­mit­ting.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

Cr Faye Whe­lan ex­plained to lo­cal res­i­dent Paul Dare what was hap­pen­ing with the con­struc­tion.

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