$6m works planned

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

WITH over $6 mil­lion bud­geted cap­i­tal works ex­pen­di­ture for six months, the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil is se­ri­ous about in­fra­struc­ture for the re­gion.

Just over $4 mil­lion is for roads/trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and in­cludes five bridge projects and gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions Paul Hoye said that in­cludes on­go­ing projects as well as projects yet to be­gin.

‘‘Six mil­lion dol­lars of in­fra­struc­ture cap­i­tal works is a re­ally good start for the new Dou­glas Shire. There is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of grant fund­ing, around $3 mil­lion as­so­ci­ated with pro­grammed works,’’ he said.

‘‘The fo­cus of the cap­i­tal works bud­get is the de­liv­ery of a num­ber of projects to en­sure our as­sets are be­ing re­newed ap­pro­pri­ately and also in­cor­po­rat­ing some im­prove­ments in the wa­ter and waste­water pro­grams.

‘‘The vast ma­jor­ity of the cap­i­tal works pro­gram in­volves the re­newal or up­grade of in­fra­struc­ture or large com­mit­ted projects such as the Woobadda Creek bridge.’’

The Cook Shire has been con­tracted for works on Woobadda, on the Bloom­field track and foun­da­tion works were com­pleted be­fore Christ­mas last year and con­struc­tion will recom­mence at the end of the wet sea­son, with the bridge ex­pected to be com­pleted by July, at the lat­est.

The Bloom­field Bridge, at Wu­jal Wu­jal, is also ex­pected to be com­pleted by the mid­dle of this year, also de­pen­dent on the wet sea­son, with the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads man­ag­ing the project.

All piles have been placed and work has com­menced on the head­stocks - each of the seven head­stocks is made up on six-tonnes of steel re­in­force­ment and over 65 tonnes of con­crete.

Mr Hoye said one of the new project in­cludes Warner Bridge in Cas­sowary, which is jointly funded be­tween the Moss­man Mill and Coun­cil con­sid­er­ing the bridge is a dual car­riage­way for cane trains.

‘‘Pre­lim­i­nary works and ma­te­rial or­der­ing has started and bridge work will start in Fe­bru­ary (this month) and works re­late to re­place­ment and re­pair of bridge sub and su­per struc­ture,’’ he said.

‘‘ The project will mainly be man­aged through Mackay Sugar. Com­ple­tion should be April, depend­ing on the weather con­di­tions.’’

Niau Bridge, which is lo­cated in the Up­per Dain­tree, will be re­paired and parts of the sub-struc­ture of the bridge will be re­placed while in Mow­bray Coun­cil are plan­ning a de­sign for Connolly Bridge for a flood re­sis­tant by-pass of the cur­rent bridge.

‘‘It will also in­cor­po­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the po­ten­tial ca­pac­ity for the ex­ist­ing bridges to be used for pedes­trian and bi­cy­cle ac­cess, this be­ing a very pop­u­lar ac­cess point to the Bump Track for recre­ational walk­ers, hik­ers and cy­clists,’’ Mr Hoye said.

Pic­ture: MIKE D'ARCY

STARTED: Bloom­field bridge

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