De­mo­li­tion be­gins on CBD tran­sit hub

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BET­TINA WAR­BUR­TON bet­tina. war­bur­ton@ news. com. au

THE devel­op­ment of a mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar CBD bus hub has taken a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward with de­mo­li­tion works set to start next week.

The $ 146,289 ten­der is the first step to­wards con­struc­tion of the new Og­den St fa­cil­ity, which is set to pro­vide a ma­jor ac­ti­va­tion of the CBD.

The ten­der was awarded com­pany Mark­well Group.

Deputy Mayor Les Walker said Mark­well had a strong his­tory in North Queens­land and had out­ranked its com­peti­tors dur­ing the ten­der process in terms of value for money and en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials.

Weight­ing given to lo­cal ten­der­ers had also helped the group’s bid.

“This fa­cil­ity has been a long time com­ing and when com­pleted will trans­form the area,” Cr Walker said.

“Pub­lic trans­port and the ease of ac­cess to the CBD’s shop­ping and res­tau­rant precincts is im­por­tant now and will be even more im­por­tant in the fu­ture.”

Cr Walker said the bus hub would in­te­grate well with the new sta­dium and also link up with the $ 28 mil­lion wa­ter­front prom­e­nade.

“A lot of work has gone into the de­sign process in con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses to en­sure po­ten­tial is­sues are be­ing ad­dressed.”

Cr Walker said Townsville City Coun­cil took pos­ses­sion of the site on July 1, paving the way for Mark­well to start de­mo­li­tion this month once all nec­es­sary per­mits were ob­tained.

“We have con­ducted some com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion to date and once the de­sign con­tract ten­der is awarded at the end of Au­gust, ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion will be car­ried over a three to four­month pe­riod,” he said.

The bus hub pro­ject has re­ceived $ 4 mil­lion in fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment and is be­ing pro­ject man­aged by the coun­cil.

Cr Walker said the ten­der for the de­tailed de­sign con­tract was still open.

Con­struc­tion of the bus hub is ex­pected to be com­pleted next year.

Cr Ann- Ma­ree Gre­aney said a pur­pose- built bus hub was some­thing the CBD needed to im­prove the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem in the city.

“This will be a good out­come for the city as their will be a ded­i­cated new site that will pro­vide good pub­lic trans­port ac­cess to the CBD,” she said.

“Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion to lo­cal will be con­tin­u­ing so the com­mu­nity can have their say about the bus hub and get the best re­sults for the city.”

Mark­well De­mo­li­tions man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gavin Mark­well said he was thrilled that the coun­cil was sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­ness.

Mr Mark­well said the six- week de­mo­li­tion process would have a mi­nor im­pact on ad­join­ing premises.

“Gen­er­ally we take ev­ery­thing away as we de­mol­ish it and the ef­fects of the sur­round­ing res­i­dents and busi­ness will be min­i­mal,” he said.

The con­cept de­signs and in­for­ma­tion about the pro­ject are avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site: https:// www. townsville. qld. gov. au/ build­ing- plan­ning- and­pro­jects/ coun­cil- projects/ t ownsvil­lecity- bus- hub

MAK­ING PROGRESS: Mark­well De­mo­li­tions boss Gavin Mark­well and Deputy Mayor Les Walker at the site for the new bus hub. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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