Faces help­ing us go places

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Bar­bara Lynch bar­bara. lynch@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

‘‘ We’ve had to deal with a lot of drunks and peo­ple throw­ing al­co­hol over the fence. You don’t ex­pect it but I guess at 2.30am that’s the time you’re go­ing to come across it.’’

Bren­dan O’Neill, Tech­nique Tilers THESE are the 15 peo­ple be­hind the rede­vel­op­ment of Flin­ders Cen­tral.

Many are unas­sum­ing work­ers, but what many of us may not re­alise is ex­actly how much has been in­volved since rede­vel­op­ment started 12 months ago.

Pro­ject man­ager Danny Lynch moved to Townsville from Her­vey Bay for this job.

What he didn’t re­alise was that it would be one of the most chal­leng­ing jobs he would un­der­take.

‘‘ It has taken us a lot longer than we ex­pected to re­move the Po­lice Beat. When we opened up the ground there was mas­sive steel and con­crete slabs un­der­neath , which we didn’t an­tic­i­pate,’’ Mr Lynch said.

Cy­clone Yasi de­layed work by two weeks af­ter work­ers spent three days se­cur­ing tools and ma­chin­ery.

‘‘ I re­ally didn’t think the job would be so de­mand­ing. You live and breathe it,’’ he said. ‘‘ You plan your day out and if you get one thing done in a day, you’re do­ing well.

‘‘ Our great­est achieve­ment was when we opened up Den­ham to Stokes streets in De­cem­ber . Peo­ple were fi­nally get­ting to see what it looks like.’’

Mr Lynch said the $ 56.6 mil­lion rede­vel­op­ment was a joint ef­fort in­volv­ing lo­cal, state and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

Dan Olsen from Natur­form said they found lots of fas­ci­nat­ing ma­te­rial.

‘‘ We came across old bot­tles and old drainage lines from the 1850s . . . we have found all sorts of in­ter­est­ing things but no bones,’’ he said.

WAT­PAC pro­ject man­ager Michael Peter­son said un­der­ground ser­vices t ook up about half of their job.

‘‘ One of the largest chal­lenges was co­or­di­nat­ing all the ser­vices with in­di­vid­u­als’ needs.,’’ he said.

‘‘ The ice ma­chine was run­ning hot in sum­mer. The chal­lenge was go­ing through the largest wet sea­son in our his­tory and to keep the pro­ject mov­ing.’’

Bren­dan O’Neill from Tech­nique Tilers on the Sun­shine Coast said there was close to 8000sq m of tiles used in the rede­vel­op­ment. A lot of the tiling was car­ried out at night be­cause of the heat.

‘‘ We would wait half an hour to three-quar­ters-of-an­hour be­fore we made the de­ci­sion to stop when it rained. If we tiled dur­ing the day the heat of the slab and stone and ad­he­sive would cause fail­ure of the job,’’ Mr O’Neill said.

Site su­per­vi­sor Peter As­torquia said they tried to keep ev­ery­one happy.

‘ ‘ The prom­ise of bet­ter things is all you have some days.’’

The fi­nal stages of Flin­ders Cen­tral are ex­pected to open in late June.

“ It’s been the most stress­ful and diffi cult job I’ve worked on. There’s been a battle with ex­ist­ing ser­vices un­der the ground. No one knew they were there.’’

Danny Lynch, TCC pro­ject man­ager

“ This will be a city-chang­ing piece of in­fra­struc­ture. The old mall was an old part of an other­wise fan­tas­tic city. Peo­ple were ashamed of and it will now be a cat­a­lyst for the best city in re­gional Aus­tralia.’’

Cr David Crisa­fulli “ We have gone through more than 900 work­ers since March last year do­ing ev­ery­thing from storm wa­ter drains, gas, con­crete, paving, elec­tri­cal struc­tures, steel and glaziers.

Michael Peter­son, Wat­pac pro­ject man­ager

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