Busy fortnight ahead as Council crews race to complete six large construction projects
Gympie Regional Council crews face another busy fortnight around the region as they work to complete six large construction projects and carry out maintenance work on 35 roads.
Work on the pathway along the Tin Can Bay Esplanade continues this week, with the installation of three pedestrian bridges and concrete pathway link-ups. This project is due for completion this week.
Construction of new stormwater infrastructure, including pipes and drainage pits, is happening along Mary Street, Amamoor this fortnight.
This large project includes installing new stormwater pipes and building new drainage pits to provide better stormwater drainage. Council anticipates this project will be complete by late December 2019.
Council crews are working to widen Feros Road, Mother Mountain while also improving its drainage. Work is due to start this week with a predicted finish of early December 2019.
Work continues on the River to Rail Trail with the construction of a concrete pathway from One Mile Ovals to the Aquatic and Recreation Centre carpark. Stage three of this project is set for completion by 23 December 2019.
Pathway works are also continuing along Power Road, Southside from Katrina Court to Woolgar Road. This project is due to finish on 22 December 2019.
Finally, Noosa Road widening work will continue this fortnight in the lead up to its 23 December completion date. This project involves new drainage and road pavement as well as landscaping. New traffic signage will also be installed.
In maintenance works, six rural roads, including Golden Hills Road, Smith Road, Staples Road, Hill Road, O’Meara Road and Butlers Knob Road will be graded, while Shadbolt Road will receive gravel re-sheeting.
Anderleigh Road, Anderleigh will be prepared for resealing as well as receive shoulder grading, while shoulder repairs will be undertaken at the corner of Sandy Creek Road and Old Rocky Ridge Road at Veteran.
Eel Creek Road Service Road will have table drains repaired as will Mahaffey Road, Goomborian and Riley Road, Traveston.
Culvert repairs will be carried out on Stumm Road and Kilkivan Tansey Road.
Jane Street, Kimberley Avenue and Pine Street will have kerb and channel repairs done.
Pavement repairs are happening on Spring Road and James Street.
Asphalt works and reseal preparations will be carried out on Gebbutt Street and Melawondi Road.
Line marking will be done in Chatsworth Park Access Road, Cooloola Drive, Rainbow Beach and River Road, Gympie.
Finally, seven bridges around the region are scheduled for general maintenance work this fortnight. These include bridges on Dawn Road, Panorama Drive, Hutchins Road, Graham Street, Witham Road, Stewart Terrace and Smith Road.
There are many moments in life that stand out for all of us. Last week was one for myself when during the ordinary meeting on Wednesday, councillors were told by the Acting CFO,
“When Council adopted its budget for the 2019-2020 financial year, it forecast insufficient cash reserves at years’ end to maintain business operations.”
This comment stopped me in my tracks as we were never told this information, at any stage, during our budget deliberations for the 2019-2020 financial year. To hear this now is both frustrating and more than disappointing. I often use the metaphor of the titanic, but it’s how we as councillors feel and I’m sure how you as residents feel; we knew the iceberg was coming and did nothing about it.
And you’ve got to ask the question, why weren’t we told?
The most frustrating part is that the fallout and repercussions are huge. You can’t get past the basic fact that, had we known and addressed our financial issues back then, we wouldn’t be in the financial mess we are in now where budget cuts are not just a necessity, they are unavoidable.
Councillors continue to work on the budget and look at all options on how we can repair the damage, and we will, but it’s going to take time and we need to earn your trust by our actions.
We are on the right path, and will take another step on Thursday. A special meeting has been called to consider the appointment of a new CEO. And we will announce any decisions made as soon as we are able. There are exciting changes ahead, and a new direction for your Council.