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Council Connections - Mayor's Message 4 December 2019

4th December 2019

CBD Planter Box Refurbishment

Council is currently undertaking refurbishment of the concrete planters located throughout the Ingham CBD in Lannercost Street.

The planters have been a significant feature within Lannercost Street for a long time and require cleaning and sprucing up. Once refurbished the planters will be reinstalled with new vibrant plants.

 Consultation with business owners will be undertaken prior to returning the planters to their new locations in the following weeks.

Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme

Council has approved road renewal projects for the next four years under Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS). This Scheme provides state funding towards projects on the Local Roads of Regional Significance network, higher order state controlled roads and other local government-controlled roads as approved by Council on a dollar for dollar matching basis to improve the capability of local government in core road functions. 

Council is required to allocate their TIDS funding to the highest priority road and transport projects in their region taking into account factors such as asset management requirements.

The 2020-2021 funding year has been allocated to widening of Tarakan Road, Abergowrie and commencement of kerb to kerb sealing along Patterson Parade, Lucinda and continuation of widening of various corners on Mt Fox Road to name a few.

 Dungeness Dredging

The final Dungeness Enterprise Channel Modelling and Coastal Processes Study required as part of the Dungeness dredging environmental process has been received and Council has now approved to proceed with submission of a Development Application for the construction of a rock sea wall and dredging of Dungeness Channel.

Dungeness Boat Ramp Carpark and Recreation Area Refurbishment

Council has been successful in making it past the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage of the Building Our Regions (Round 5) Funding Program for the Upgrade and refurbishment of the Dungeness Carpark and Recreation area.

Administered through the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the primary aim of the Building Our Regions funding program is to provide funding for regional infrastructure projects that create flow-on economic development opportunities and jobs. 

Recognising that recreational boating is an extremely popular activity and one of the largest contributors to our current economic profile, Council’s successful EOI application centered around the redevelopment of the Dungeness Boat Ramp car park and recreation area to assist in reducing vehicle congestion and allow for an increasing demand on boating facilities in the region.  In addition to creating a further 190 car/trailer parking spaces, Council proposed the installation of a highset viewing platform with binoculars and CCTV link to allow for real-time public viewing from a Council domain; pedestrian all-access footpath works; and the erection of shade sails over the existing fishing platform.

Stage 2 of this highly competitive application process requires that Council undertake a business case to justify State expenditure on the project based upon its expected commercial and economic benefit to not only the Hinchinbrook Shire, but also our surrounding regional areas and Queensland as a whole.

Riding of vehicles over sand groynes 

It is very annoying to see motorbike and quad bike riders continuing to ride over the sand bag erosion prevention groynes along the beach at Lucinda.

Significant public money has been spent recently in re-furbishing the groynes simply to see same damaged again due to this irresponsible activity by bike riders.

Riding of bikes along the beach in that manner is unlawful. Rest assured that Council will endeavour to prosecute anyone caught doing so.

The bags are there for a purpose and are costly to the community to replace.  It cannot be tolerated. 

Ingham State High School Presentation of 2020 Student Leaders

On Friday 29 November 2019 I had the privilege of attending the Ingham State High School 2020 Student Leader Investiture Ceremony.  Congratulations to all student leaders for 2020 including School Captains - Rachel Henney and Jordan Di Bella and Vice Captains - Jayde Bosworth and Renee Crisafulli.

I have no doubt that you all appreciate the responsibility entrusted upon you and that you will perform and discharge such obligations well.  Good wishes to you all and may you have a happy and prosperous year.

Need to print the Council Connections page? Click on the link below for the printable version. 

COUNCIL CONNECTIONS -  4 DECEMBER 2019

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