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Crews push through weather on huge Council project

Despite the recent wet weather in the region, Gympie Regional Council has commenced what is the largest ‘in house’ construction project in recent times. Investigator Avenue is one of the most used roads on the Cooloola Coast and Council’s road widening and drainage project is set to deliver a range of safety and functionality improvements.     

“The Investigator Avenue road widening project will deliver a safer and better functioning road for residents in Cooloola Cove,” said Cr Mark McDonald.  

The project includes the widening of Investigator Avenue to 10 metres, construction of concrete kerbing, a 1.5 metre wide concrete footpath, stormwater pits and underground pipes, rebuilding driveways, planting new street trees, laying turf, and installing LED streetlights to light the new footpath between Nautilus Drive and Queen Elizabeth Drive, Cooloola Cove. 

Half of the $3.6 million project budget is funded by Council, with the remaining funds coming via the State through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) program. 

The project will be entirely carried out by Gympie Regional Council construction crews and is the biggest ever construction project carried out entirely by Council staff.  

“The staff on the ground have put a tremendous amount of work into this project,” Cr McDonald said.     

“This work has been highly anticipated for those residents in Cooloola Cove.  

“While the rain and wet weather have provided some challenges, the crews are working through to get the job done.

“I would also like to thank the Queensland Government for their contribution towards this project,” he said.  

It is anticipated the project will take approximately six months to complete.   

For more information on this project head to https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/investigator-avenue  

Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 12th February 2020 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 12th February 2020

The old saying that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ was particularly true again at the federal level this week. Those issues aside, the Gympie region, like all others across the state, is gearing up for our local elections.  

These elections give the wider community the opportunity and democratic right to select the candidate that they wish to have a leadership role in the management of their community for the next four years.  

I would urge all residents to do their research on all candidates and get to know who they will be casting their vote for as the election date of 28 March fast approaches.  
I would also urge residents to heed another old saying; ‘actions speak louder than words’.  

Representing your constituents and the wider community as a duly elected councillor, in my opinion, is one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed upon an individual, however it is certainly not a popularity contest and nor should it be.  

Difficult decisions need to be made which will draw the ire of some while benefitting the majority.  You will be subjected to much more scrutiny and gossip than your family and friends will ever be.  
You will be required to adhere to stringent laws, policies and procedures which you may not have been required to previously.  But on the upside, you will represent your community and have a say and a role in delivering community services, projects and infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community and the region.  
Current councillors, over this term of council, should be proud of their contributions.  

I wish each and every resident who nominates to lead this community at the forth coming elections, all the very best. 

Mayor Mick Curran 

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