Cassowary Coast Regional Council is working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to reconstruct Victoria Street (Bruce Highway), Cardwell in the wake of Cyclone Yasi.
The Reconstructing Cardwell Project will:
- reconstruct a 1.4km two-lane section of the Bruce Highway known as Victoria Street, and
- reconstruct the foreshore along the Cardwell esplanade.
By working together, Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads will aim to minimise the impacts on the community and achieve a value-for-money solution.
The project team has also worked closely with the Cardwell Community Reference Group, formed at the beginning of the project, and with the wider population via information sessions and through community consultation. The Cardwell Community Vision was adopted by Council on 15 December 2011.
These reconstruction works are scheduled for completion by end of September 2013.
Restoring Cardwell's foreshore to its former beauty and its functionality as a tourist attraction and recreation area for residents will provide social and economic benefits to the community.
The long-term reconstruction of the highway (Victoria Street) through Cardwell will make the road safer and more resilient than before, to service the needs of the community and road users.
This reconstruction work is being delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), a joint Australian Government and Queensland Government funding initiative.
Work is underway on Victoria Street and the foreshore reconstruction.
Key features of the Victoria Street design include a roundabout at the corner of Dalrymple Street, formal parking, intersection upgrades and better pedestrian facilities, improving safety for road users, pedestrians and cyclists.
Key features of the foreshore design include two additional play areas for children of all ages, a shared pathway from Port Hinchinbrook to the Coral Sea Memorial, barbecue facilities, and viewing decks.
The community can view designs at the Cardwell Library, on Balliol Street for the SEE CIVIL Construction Office at 99 Victoria Street, Cardwell or Transport and Main Roads office at 129 Victoria St, Cardwell. Most recent artist impressions can also be found here:
Landscape Plan Marine Parade 1
Landscape Plan Marine Parade 2
Landscape Plan Marine Parade 3
Landscape Plan Clitheroe to Dalrymple St
Landscape Plan St Albans to Brasenose St
Landscape Plan Dalrymple St to Colleen McLoughlin Park
Landscape Plan Balliol to Clitheroe St
Landscape Plan Brasenose to Balliol St
Landscape Plan Liverpool to St Albans St
Flame Tree Update
A structural engineer has undertaken an investigation to assess the state of the flame tree and to present options for reinstatement of the sculpture. According to the report a full replacement of the sculpture is estimated to be in the vicinity of $375,000, however the current available budget is only $52,500. Girringun and Council would like to present and discuss the various options contained in the report, and work with the community to find an affordable option that is supported by the Cardwell community and reflects the sentiments of reconciliation that the tree symbolises.
Click here to download report: Flame Tree Structural Assessment and Repair Options Report
Council is working with Girringun to explore options for the future of the Cardwell Flame Tree Sculpture which was severely damaged during TC Yasi.
Further information regarding the Reconstructing Cardwell Project:
- Visit the Cardwell Community Library, 4 Balliol Street
- Visit the SEE Civil Construction office at 99 Victoria Street
- Visit the TMR site office at 129 Victoria Street
- Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au and search for "Reconstructing Cardwell"
To provide comments please telephone 1800 650 343 SEE Civil freecall hotline