Coun­cil blitz to freshen up streets and give spir­its a boost Clean­ing up our city

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE will un­dergo a $ 2 mil­lion clean­ing blitz in a bid to re­vi­talise the re­gion with res­i­dents be­ing en­cour­aged to re­port ar­eas that are in need of a tidy- up.

Townsville City Coun­cil will launch Ba­sics Blitz to­day with the pro­gram to be car­ried out over the next five weeks. The blitz will be in ac­tion seven days a week with coun­cil work­ers to clean and fix foot­paths and gut­ters, re­move graf­fiti, mow and weed pub­lic spa­ces, mulch gar­den beds and re­pair wa­ter leaks.

Aitken­vale, Bohle, Cran­brook, Cur­ra­jong, Gar­butt, Gul­liver, Heat­ley, Mount Louisa, Mount St John and Vin­cent will be tar­geted dur­ing the first week.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the ex­tended drought had taken its toll, leav­ing parts of the Townsville look­ing worse for wear.

“We have been through one of our dri­est patches in a long while and that has clearly af­fected the look of the town and the mood of ev­ery­body liv­ing here,” she said. “We are do­ing a lot of work al­ready and we’ve had a lit­tle rain, but the coun­cil recog­nises we need to do more to make our neigh­bour­hoods sparkle once again to lift ev­ery­body’s spir­its as we en­ter the fes­tive sea­son.”

The $ 2 mil­lion in fund­ing has been added to the coun­cil’s ex­ist­ing main­te­nance bud­get.

“The $ 2 mil­lion we’re in­vest­ing in this Ba­sics Blitz will help give the com­mu­nity a wel­come lift af­ter a cou­ple of tough years,” Cr Hill said.

“Coun­cil has achieved sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings from cut­ting red tape and in­ef­fi­cien­cies which has freed up funds to spend where it’s needed most.

“Dur­ing the next five weeks, Ba­sic Blitz work teams will be out ev­ery day spruc­ing up sub- urbs and re­spond­ing to re­ports of faults and prob­lems in our pub­lic spa­ces, lo­cal streets, parks and laneways.”

Cr Hill said although the blitz would fin­ish on De­cem­ber 15, the work to spruce up Townsville would con­tinue.

“I want Townsville to be a place we’re all proud to call home,” she said.

Any­one want­ing to re­port an area that needs re­pairs or a clean can call the coun­cil on 1300 878 001 or re­port on­line via the coun­cil web­site.

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