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