June 26 2017: Strong focus on roads in Budget
$14.74 million be invested in roads, bridges, culverts, pathways
Cassowary Coast Regional Council's 2017-18 Budget delivers a strong roads program and an ongoing commitment to maintaining Council's road network.
Mayor John Kremastos said rural roads in particular had again been prioritised in the Budget.
"In total $14.74 million in capital expenditure has been allocated for works within Council's transport network,'' Cr Kremastos said.
"In addition $6 million has been allocated for road maintenance and repairs ranging from road, bridge and pathway work to street sweeping and road lights.
"We are focusing on rural roads just as we did in the 2016-17 Budget. This financial year Council is investing $3 million in gravel re-sheeting across the region as part of our ongoing commitment to the agricultural industries and rural residents.
"With our high rainfall and many waterways we have a very large amount of bridges in the region - and this financial year we will again be investing heavily in them with $5.39 million to be spent on bridge and culvert renewals and replacements.
"Of the $5.39 million, we are fortunate to have secured $1.82 million from Federal and State Government funding programs - $1 million from the Federal Government's Bridges Renewal Program, $180,000 from its Roads to Recovery program and $650,000 from the State Government's Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.
"The larger bridge projects are the replacement of Victory Creek Bridge at Daradgee with a two-lane bridge and the replacement of culverts along Alexander Drive at Mission Beach.
"We will also be continuing our across-the-region timber bridge replacement program and replacing Maifredi Bridge, renewing Seres Rd Bridge at Mena Creek, South Ramleh Rd Bridge at Moresby and Kings Bridge at Murray Upper, rehabilitating Koombooloo Creek Bridge at Mission Beach and replacing culverts on Flying Fish Point Rd and throughout the region.
"We have also secured $3.67 million in external funding for road and drainage work through Federal and State Government programs - $2.09 million from the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, $830,000 through Roads to Recovery, $450,000 through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme and $303,000 through the State Government's Works for Queensland program.
Council will be investing $1.3 million in resealing sections of more than 80 roads across the region, including carry-over funding from the previous budget. It will also be spending $200,000 on sealing gravel roads in townships.
The capital works program for roads also includes $855,000 for region-wide drainage works, $460,000 for pathway renewals and expansions, $50,000 for bus shelters and public transport facilities and $35,000 for guardrail renewals.