Building towards future
Tyrell keen to capitalise on progress made
THURINGOWA will continue to forge firmly ahead in 2007, Thuringowa Mayor Les Tyrell believes.
He said residents and businesses in Thuringowa could look forward to another boom year.
It would be an excitingyear, with numerous big-ticket developments that would help secure the city’s economic future, according to the Mayor.
2006 was a year of records for the growing city, with buildingact i v i t y , p o p u l a t i o n g r o w t h a n d c i t y achievements exceedingexpectations.
Cr Tyrell said the record growth that had e n g u l f e d t h e c i t y showed slowing.
Riverway, the jewel in Thuringowa’s crown, would continue to drive investment, according to Cr Tyrell.
The internationalstandard s p o r t i n g stadium for cricket and Australian football at Pioneer Park, currently under construction, was expected to be complete d mi d - y e a r . T h e stadium will house up to 10,000 spectators.
‘‘There is no doubt Riverway stimulated investment into the city and contributed to the emergence of a true city centre,’’ Cr Tyrell said.
He said he believed 2006 would be remembered as the year that almost 350,000 people visited Riverway. The precinct would continue to be a hive of activity in 2007, he added.
‘‘Construction will commence next year on the residential and commercial precincts at Pioneer Park — the result of partnerships between Council and private industry — to provide an income stream to offset the maintenance and runningcosts of Riverway,’’ Cr Tyrell said.
Community facilities would also be improved, with bigplans for Thuringowa’s library.
‘‘The contemporary re-fit of the library will include community gallery space, a bigger public computer area and a cafe, to ensure it continues to be a public library at the hub of its learningcommunity,’’ Cr Tyrell said.
city as a learningcommunity is a priority for the comingyears, and a steeringcommittee of twin cities business leaders has been appointed to develop the program.’’
The city’s heart would continue to be a focal point.
‘‘We have seen more than $102 million invested in the city heart in the last couple of months, with the announcement of upgrades t o Willows Shoppingtown and purchase of the Cannon Park complex by the same owners,’’ Cr Tyrell said.
‘‘There have been two h o t e l s a p p r o v e d v i r t u a l l y o p p o s i t e Riverway, which is a sign of real business faith in the continued development of our city centre.’’
Cr Tyrell said Thuringowa had never seen so much buildingactivity.
Nine hundred and fifty dwellings were approved between January and November 2006, compared to 930 for the same period in 2005 and 666 in 2004.
‘‘The total value of buildingapprovals reached more than $337,564,000 from January to November this year and there is still one month remaining,’’ Cr Tyrell said.
‘‘Last year, from January to December, the value of approvals totalled $254,000,000.’’
‘‘Master planninghas commenced alongthe next stages of the Ross River, concentratingon the area surrounding Apex Park, including the shops and facilities at the Gollogly Lane intersection.’’
Cr Tyrell said he was also proud of the progress in the relationship between councils in the region, through the work of the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQROC).
‘‘By workingtog ether with our surrounding c o u n c i l s , w e a r e investigating ways to reform local government and provide better services to our ratepayers on a region-wide basis, through operational efficiencies and knowledge-sharing,’’ Cr Tyrell said.
He said the Council would closely monitor the progress in 2007 of the upgrade of the Mount Low intersection and the doublelane improvements to the Bruce highway to Veales Rd.
‘‘These upgrades will vastly improve the safety of residents in the city’s Northern Beaches areas,’’ Cr Tyrell said.
scenes, we have been planning our city’s biggest infrastructure project — the upgrade of sewerage treatment plants to meet environmental standards recently introduced by the State Government.
‘‘This will be a priority Council capital works project, stretchingover a number of years.’’
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