Street upgrade finally surfaces
Almost a decade in the planning, the Mundubbera street upgrade is finally here.
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.
Cr Faye Whelan explained to local resident Paul Dare what was happening with the construction.