Palm Creek Boardwalk
Through Council’s Footpath Inspection Policy, a section of footpath between Eleanor Street and Dutton Street was identified by Council officers as requiring rectification works. Overtime, mature fig trees in close proximity to the footpath had grown and damaged the concrete, exposing safety concerns for the general public utilising the footpath. As a result of the said inspection, Council sought quotations for the supply and delivery of 69 meters of 2.1 metre wide boardwalk that would be designed to traverse the exposed fig tree roots, eliminating the need for Council to remove the existing trees. Council staff have commenced construction and will begin to remove the root damaged concrete walkway and install the boardwalk over the coming weeks.
TIDS Funding - Cooks Lane and Wallaman Falls Road
Under the Department of Transport and Main Road’s, Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS), Council has received funding to undertake construction works on any of the nominated Local Roads of Regional Significance (LRRS).
Using Council’s asset management system and condition rating data, Cooks Lane was identified as a road with significant pavement failure, which was requiring rectification works. Construction has commenced on this project, with sealing works being completed on Friday 14 June 2019 and Kerb Log being completed on Tuesday 18 June 2019. Council will finalise the project by completing the line marking works in the coming days.
Through the TIDS Wallaman Falls Road was identified as requiring a reseal to eliminate any surface defects that may be present. Council is in the final stages of this project, with the sealing works being completed on Sunday 23 June 2019. Council will look to finalise this job with line marking works in the coming days.
W4Q Funding Projects
Council has received funding from the State Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) to address unemployment in regional and rural areas. The objective of the Works for Queensland (W4Q) funding program is to support job creation through maintenance and minor infrastructure works related to assets owned or controlled by eligible applicants.
Council has nominated various construction projects to be utilised by this funding, including Stone Street, Lannercost Street and Herbert Street.
Stone Street, Ingham was identified as requiring road rehabilitation works to improve the safety and amenity of the road. The construction works will consist of kerb to kerb seal and minor maintenance works to be undertaken on the kerb and channel. At this stage Council has commenced the excavation and replacement of all unsuitable materials and is currently finalising cross-over driveways and a final trim. Council will look to complete the project by undertaking a two coat seal and finalise the job with line marking works.
Lannercost Street, Ingham was identified as an area requiring an upgrade to public amenities. All initial site works are currently being carried out, with the toilet block components being constructed off-site. Council is anticipating that the toilet block components will arrive this week with the erection of buildings commencing shortly after.
The northern end of Herbert Street, Ingham was identified as an area that is requiring an upgrade to improve tourism and the general streetscape. Five shelters have been erected, with painting of the shelters continuing. The electrical installation is ongoing, with the switchboard being fabricated and installed.
The first two shelter slabs have been formed and poured, with the installation of seating occurring this week.
The Queensland Waste Levy, which is being introduced by the Queensland Government is set to commence on Monday 1 July 2019 and aims to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to grow the resource recovery and recycling industry.
Whilst the levy will not directly impact households, businesses will incur the levy.
Businesses are encouraged to look at how they can reduce waste, separate waste streams and recycle more, to help reduce the costs of sending waste to landfill.
It is smart business to realise the economic opportunities in reducing waste and looking for alternative ways to manage the waste your business produces.
Your waste has value and, with the introduction of a levy on waste going to landfill, now is the perfect time to look for new ways to minimise your waste and start capitalising on the resources you currently throw away.
For free tailored advice on reducing business waste, energy and water, visit ecobiz.cciq.com.au.
It is good to see our annual harvest is finally off and running. Good luck to all the crews in the harvesting, milling and farming sectors and may you have a productive and incident free season.
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COUNCIL CONNECTIONS - 26 JUNE 2019