Build­ing to­wards fu­ture

Tyrell keen to cap­i­talise on progress made

Townsville Bulletin - - North Queensland: Looking Back, Looking Forward - By RACHELLE CHAP­MAN

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.

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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.

‘‘Developingthe

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.

‘‘Be­hind the

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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