Childers to share in $28m budget for upgrades
DIVISIONAL representative and Bundaberg Regional Council Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor said that while Childers and district would share in the $28 million budgeted for road upgrades and maintenance there were numerous stand-alone projects to be completed in the coming 12 months.
“They may not attract huge budget dollars but there are a number of projects that have been identified, money allocated and the work listed for completion,’’ Cr Trevor said.
“On the subject of roads I am pleased to advise that Voss’ Rd has been allocated $350,000 which will complete the final sealing and culvert upgrade. I can also advise that there are unallocated funds in our drainage budget and these will be utilised once investigation and modelling has been undertaken and priority areas identified.
“In the Woodgate Beach area $1.3 million has been allocated for extensions to the sewerage system to support development in the Edamgrove estate area with council funds supplemented by developer contributions.
“With a view to a future capital expenditure of several million dollars on the Gregory River water treatment plant, council has set aside $100,000 to undertake initial planning and analysis,” Cr Trevor said.
Other projects listed include:
$60,000 to seal and pave an area of the Childers council depot and construct a retaining wall following the removal of several older structures in the depot yard.
$30,000 to construct a heritage 75-metre strip of two-metre wide red concrete footpath in Crescent St. The new footpath will replace a bitumen footpath and some grassed footpath between the post office and the rear entrance to Millennium Park.
$15,000 will be contributed by council in a shared partnership arrangement with Translink to construct a $30,000 long distance bus stop in Crescent St. Childers has no formalised bus stop area and the intended location is close to amenities. The proposed bus stop will incorporate a shelter and other facilities.
$40,000 has been allocated to the installation of new shelving at Childers Library to meet display and storage needs.
Cr Trevor said the budget would provide facilities that will add to an enhanced image of the region, address some community safety concerns and supply infrastructure for the use of the community and visitors alike.
NEW PATH: Footpath upgrades are in the wings for Childers.