Work on up­grades to start

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MORE than $1 mil­lion is ex­pected to be in­vested in the main street of Childers in com­ing months as work starts on the Childers Streetscape project.

The de­sign has been granted pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval by the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads and will soon be dis­cussed with traders and prop­erty own­ers in the con­struc­tion area, Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil has ad­vised.

Coun­cil­lor Tony Ricciardi said State Gov­ern­ment had con­trib­uted $500,000 to the project, to be spent this fi­nan­cial year.

Bund­aberg coun­cil will meet the re­main­ing costs.

The project will fo­cus on both sides of the high­way be­tween the IGA and McDon­ald’s and will bring the tar­get area into line with the re­main­der of the Childers CBD.

Cr Ricciardi said work was also ex­pected to start on a new play­ground and recre­ation area lo­cated be­tween the new Cres­cent Street car park and Mil­len­nium Park.

“Hope­fully work will com­mence this week on the project, with al­most $80,000 of the $150,000 bud­get to be spent on stage one,” he said.

“This project was iden­ti­fied by the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce years ago as a de­sir­able means of at­tract­ing vis­i­tors and also pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties for lo­cal res­i­dents.”

Also go­ing to­wards to the up­grade is $250 do­nated by St Joseph’s School in Childers about six years ago.

The funds were to be used by the coun­cil for any recre­ational devel­op­ment in Mil­len­nium Park.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

READY TO GO: Mil­len­nium Park is fenced in prepa­ra­tion.

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