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June 27, 2019 - Capital Works projects shared through region

Stimulating growth and boosting the regional economy is central to the Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s 2019/20 budget, which boasts a far-reaching $38.76 million Capital Works program as part of its ‘Building for a Better Future’ vision.
Mayor John Kremastos said Council’s Capital Works Program was designed to provide employment, better service and add to the amenity of the entire region. Projects were allocated on a needs basis.
“Council continues to deliver improvements to amenities and services while creating cost reductions for the benefit of the community now and into the future,” Cr Kremastos said.
Supporting local contractors and sourcing materials locally were part of Council’s vision to stimulate the economy while adding to the liveability of the Cassowary Coast Region.
This year’s Capital Works program includes:
o $11.2 million on roads, bridges, guardrails, Cardwell Transit Centre, Goondi Industrial Estate upgrade, culverts, paths, footpaths and disability access
o $1.15 million waste management
o $3.4 million on completion of marine infrastructure and $800,000 for Clump Point Boat Ramp car park
o $4.5 million allocated for Tully Showgrounds grandstand to complete the $7.5 million project
o $3.44 million sewer program in Innisfail and Tully
o $8.18 million towards water infrastructure improvements, including smart metre roll outs, $1.2 million for the new  Wheatley Hill reservoir, $3 million for the Bulgun Creek reservoir and $2.5 million on water mains renewals in Innisfail, Silkwood and El Arish, Tully and Cardwell
o $1.55 million for community, sport, recreational and cultural projects.
Some highlights include:
New walking tracks will be built at Warrina Lakes in Innisfail to link existing tracks within the park and beyond to the Warrina aged care facility and Lakes Retirement Village. The $100,000 Works For Queensland project will enable elderly residents using mobility scooters and walkers to access the park and its amenities as well as providing easier access to town footpaths.
The Mission Beach Village Green and streetscape will benefit from a $500,000 renewal and upgrading of storm water, road renewal, kerbing and channelling as part of the CBD upgrade. This is preparatory for further works to enhance the village centre and showcase Mission Beach’s tropical lifestyle and exceptional natural environment.
Council has allocated $2.87 million to widen Clifford Road and Goondi Mill Road at Innisfail to provide industrial-access road standards. This will include an upgrade to drainage so both these roads will support industry. It will remove the need for permit requirements for heavy vehicle access and will encourage investment and growth for transport-related businesses. This project will be funded by the State Government over two years.
As part of the Innisfail CBD area rejuvenation project, Council has allocated $500,000 to update and resurface the Rankin Street footpath, kerbing and channelling between Edith Street and Grace Street. This aims to modernise and improve footpath access for the elderly and prams. It follows collaboration with local advisory group, the Innisfail District Disability Awareness Group (IDDAG), which assisted Council staff with identifying issues, providing practical solutions and prioritising of work in Innisfail, Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell. A further $65,000 will be provided for disability access improvements in Cardwell, as identified by the IDDAG. Both the Cardwell and Innisfail works are funded by the Works For Queensland program.
Safer and more practical access will be provided to Cardwell service centre and amenities for passengers alighting from buses. This $150,000 W4Q project will involve reconfiguring Brasenose Street to better accommodate bus transits, long vehicles and other vehicle parking. 
Council has allocated $175,500 for renewal and upgrade of the Council’s Community, Pensioner and Council Housing assets to required standards and to protect existing assets and reduce maintenance costs. The works include complete refurbishments for three units in Innisfail and roof repairs to a triplex in Tully to ensure all properties comply with the rating set by the Department of Housing in line with supporting aged tenants with independent living.
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