Council crews dig deep in lead up to Christmas
Gympie Regional Council construction crews are set to complete a number of large projects in the lead up to Christmas.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 3 December, Wadell Road will be closed for widening works. This project also involves building new storm water drainage and is aimed to be complete by February 2020.
Mary Street in Amamoor will also be closed tomorrow, as construction crews build new stormwater pipes and drainage pits. It is estimated this project will be completed by Christmas.
Road widening and pavement building will continue on Feros Road, Mothar Mountain this fortnight.
Earthworks for this project are in progress and it is estimated these works will be complete by 6 December.
The Power Road pathway project is also continuing this fortnight with the construction of a concrete pathway from Katrina Court to Woolgar Road as is the pathway project along Oak Street. It is estimated this project will be finished by 20 December.
Please see below for the list of the region’s roads set to receive maintenance work this fortnight.
Grading: Albrecht Road, Melbern Road, Breakneck Road, Anderson Street, Tincknell Road, Window Road, Schollick Road, Bymount Road, Beaumark Road, Hall Street, Harwood Road and Kin Kin Road.
Shoulder grading: Widgee Crossing Road, Harvey Siding Road, Rammutt Road, Benian Road, Deans Road.
Asphalt repairs: Burnett Highway, Wide Bay Highway, Bruce Highway and Rose Street.
Verge repairs: Parson’s Road Service Road.
Stormwater repairs: Panda Street, Pine Street, St Andrews Crescent, Jaycee Way, Thomas Street and Jane Street.
Footpath repairs: Tozer Street.
Drainage repairs: Noosa Road, Jackson Road and Rossmore Road.
Unsealed road repairs: Williams Road.
Culvert repairs: Cinnabar 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.