29 September, 2023
Milllions awarded in capital works tenders
MORE than $6.7 million in tenders was awarded by the Mareeba Shire Council across all areas including water, roads and parks at their recent meeting.
Cr Lenore Wyatt said she had been going through the agenda during the meeting and noted that “we’ve actually just awarded over $6.7million worth of work”.
“That’s amazing – and that’s across roads, waste, water, facilities, parks and open spaces.
“So that’s what is currently happening for our community, so that’s pretty exciting,” Cr Wyatt said.
The tenders are part of an ambitious capital works program planned for 2023/24, with Mareeba Shire Council already completing and progressing many projects across the shire.
Mareeba Shire Council Mayor, Angela Toppin said a project to replace the roof of the Dimbulah Memorial Hall was completed last month.
The existing roof was reaching the end of its useful life and was not in a good enough condition to have solar panels installed on it.
“The project was a complete replacement of the metal roof sheeting and associated flashings and guttering to waterproof the building. The scope of works also included an upgrade of the insulation of the building.
“The completed works are essential to enable subsequent solar panel installation and air-conditioning of the building under a separate project.
“The hall is at the heart of Dimbulah and various groups and organisations use the hall on a weekly basis, including Council’s library service. I am delighted to see this project progressing and I know the addition of air-conditioning will be well received by our growing Dimbulah community,” Mayor Toppin said.
Another project, the upgrading of Anzac Park in Mareeba, is also progressing well, with the concrete footpath completed and the final section of tiling work has begun.
Mayor Toppin was pleased to announce that the rear wall, located on the Railway Avenue side of the park, has been constructed and rendered and the gates are being installed.
“It was wonderful that the park could be partially opened in time for the Vietnam Veteran’s Day service on Friday, 18 August 2023.
“The newly installed lights in the park were programmed to light the park in gold to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. I look forward to the completion of this important project.”
The final works for Anzac Park, including the rear gates, are underway and will be completed before Remembrance Day, Saturday, 11 November 2023.
“The project to revitalise Bicentennial Lakes, Mareeba is progressing well with the weirs removed in the Southern Lakes precinct,” Mayor Toppin said.
The removal of the weirs will allow the ground to dry before staff can proceed with the reshaping of the lake to form a gully. Preparations are underway offsite, and material will be brought in to commence the reshaping works.
“The southern section will include a range of new facilities including playground equipment. Procurement commenced in August and a report was tabled at today’s Ordinary Council Meeting. It is estimated that the playground will be completed by early next year.”
Mayor Toppin said another project adjacent to the Bicentennial Lakes, Mareeba, the Sewer Gravity Main project, started in May 2023 and is tracking well.
“This sewer main connects the previously upgraded section upstream from Rankin Street and discharges upstream of the Granite Creek pump station at Byrnes Street.
“These essential works are part of a planned Council Infrastructure upgrade to supply and install a new trunk sewer pipeline to service our growing community and is expected to be completed in November 2023,” she said.
“There will be some disruption of traffic in Keeble Street in the coming month, but we will do what we can to minimise this.”
The project is grant funded through the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) via the Qld Resilience & Risk Reduction Funding Program (QRRRF).
For additional information on Bicentennial Lakes Gravity Sewer Main Upgrade, please visit Council’s website.